The Annotated Ramsar List: Guinea-Bissau
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The Annotated Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance
GUINEA-BISSAU / GUINEE-BISSAU
The Convention on Wetlands came into force for Guinea-Bissau on 14 May 1990. Guinea-Bissau presently has 1 site designated as a Wetland of International Importance, with a surface area of 39,098 hectares.
site; date of designation; region, province, state; surface area; coordinates
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Lagoa de Cufada. 14/05/90; Quinara; 39,098 ha; 11º43’N 015º02’W. Protected Area. A large, permanent, freshwater lake, with abundant aquatic vegetation and adjoining river floodplain. Includes two smaller lakes, seasonally flooded marshes, fringing mangroves, and extensive mudflats. A dozen small villages of several hundred people live within the site practicing traditional fishing and rice production. The site also supports crocodiles and hippopotamus. Surrounding areas have been cleared for banana and cashew production or exploited for wood. Large expanses of vegetation are burned annually to facilitate hunting and shifting rice cultivation. Ramsar site no. 469. Most recent RIS information: 1990.