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National park of cacheu river mangroves

General characteristics
Founded in 2000, the National Park of the Cacheu River Mangroves (PNMC) stretches over 88,615 ha in the north-western part of the country. The Cacheu River that gave its name to the park flows across the site and divides it in two different areas in terms of ecological, social and cultural patterns. The Park is essentially composed of mangroves (68% of the territory), and is considered as the greatest compact mangrove setting in West Africa.

Objectives in creating the park 

Protection of the mangrove that ensures the reproduction of fishery resources, conservation of the fauna and flora diversity, and improvement of the populations’ living conditions.

Representative habitats and ecosystems
As a wide expanse of mangroves, the Park is a major ornithological site and an important site for the refuge and reproduction of many fishery species, fish, molluscan shellfish and crustacea, notably the shrimps that represent a species of key economic importance for the country.

Main species

In addition to the bird fauna, the Park also contributes to the conservation of rare species. Actually, the PNMC Park hosts a big number of migratory birds in the region. Several protected or rare species such as the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), the manatee (Trichechus senegalensis), the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) and the dwarf crocodile (Crocodylus tetraspis), the humpback dolphin (Sousa teuzsii) and the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncates), the bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus), and the green monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) are observed in the Park.

Cultural values and economic activities
A major extension of the forest in the south of the Mata de Cobiana Park is a sacred zone of high traditional and cultural value. Shifting agriculture is, along with palm groves and traditional fishing, the key sectors of activities for the populations.

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Vignette Mon business plan Cacheu NOVO Rapport French Download
Vignette Plan de gestion du PN Cacheu French Rapport Download
Vignette Plano de Gestão Parque Natural dos Tarrafes Rapport French Download
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