The National Park Khnifiss
The Biological and Ecological Interest Site Khnifiss, located on the Atlantic coast in the southwest of Morocco, between the towns of Tan Tan and Tarfaya, was designated a national park in 2006 on an area of 185.00 ha. It consists of a marine part, Khenifiss Lagoon, a wetland of international importance on the list of the Ramsar Convention since 1980, and a terrestrial part consisting of highlands and sebkhas with characteristic vegetation the Saharan zone.
Khnifiss The site is the only lagoon Saharan North Africa and the largest along the Moroccan Atlantic coast. It houses 30 species of macro algae and significant wealth in marine invertebrates. This is an important site feeding, spawning and nursery areas for fish. Wildlife includes three globally important bird species: Ruddy Shelduck, Marbled Duck and Gull Audoin. The lagoon is also a stopover site for many migratory birds of the Western Palearctic. Sometimes it is home to more than 20,000 waterbirds wintering period.
The terrestrial part of Khenifiss includes several sebkhas offering a remarkable landscape and a typically Saharan vegetation. The presence of Cuvier's Gazelle was also reported there.
Through the diversity of its natural landscapes coast marine and coastal, lagoon, sebkhas, dunes, cliffs and plateaus, vegetation and Saharan steppes, the future park is predisposed to play an important role in the development of ecotourism activities in the region . The cultural wealth of the territory, many of them centuries old, testify to the conservation of ancient local traditions and heritage identity of the local population attached to their nature and their culture.