The Government of Algeria has completed formalities for inscribing the Oasis de Ouled Saïd, newly designated for the Ramsar List on World Wetlands Day 2001, in the Montreux Record of sites where changes in ecological character have occurred, are occurring, or are likely to occur as a result of technological developments, pollution or other human interference. Montreux listing was requested at the time of designation, as the need for a special intervention was perceived by the authorities as an urgent matter. Indeed, one of the chief reasons for the designation of this site was to raise awareness of its important values and to reach a consensus on the need to undertake a management programme that will include actions aimed at amelioriating or removing the threats to the site.
The major threat is caused by wind erosion with sand dune intrusion on the site. Amongst proposed actions are the establishment of a special arrangement, using an ancestral method called "Touiza", whereby each member of the local community will provide some input in kind (mainly labor). The Ramsar Convention will explore the possibility for replication of this method in other areas with similar social arrangements. [15/06/01]