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General characteristics
Located on the South bank of the Gambia River, the Tanbi National Park is a major wetland stretching over some 6,000 ha including 2,000 ha of marime area. Officially designated as a reserve in 2001, the park has, since 2007, been classified on the list of the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance and named a national park as from 2008.

Objectives of the creation
The Tanbi Complex has been founded towards preserving the biodiversity of the area, promoting ecotourism and providing new sources of income to the riparian communities.

Representative habitats and ecosystems
The wetland presents a diversity of habitats and ecosystems dominated at 80% by different mangroves species, notably the Rhizophora mangle, R. harrisoni, R. racemosa, Avicennia africana, Laguncularia racemosa, Annona glabra and Conocarpus erectus, the latter being the most representative. The mangroves represent a major reproduction site for pink shrimps (Panaeus notialis).

Main species
The Tanbi Wetland Complex hosts a major biological diversity. The key species of this site are the humpback dolphin of the Atlantic (Souza teuzsii), the West Africa manatee (Trichechus senegalensis), the African clawless otter (Aonyx capensis) and the Temminck colobus (Piliocolobus badius temminckii).

Cultural values and economic activities 

Riparian communities are culturally much related in this wetland. Actually, this site is used to host circumcisions and various associated initiation rites. Agriculture, fishing, vision tourism alongside the river and oyster collection are the main economic activities. The presence of various industrial activities around the Complex are also noted.

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Vignette Tanbi management Rapport anglais Télécharger

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