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Status and Trends in the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States

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Mauritania

Capital: Nouakchott
World Bank Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
World Bank Income level: Lower middle income
Key Statistics & Quick Links
Land area (km2): 1,030,700 (2007)
 
Population (people): 3,328,285 (2007)
 
Population density (people per km2 land area): 3.23 (2007)
 
Population growth (annual): 2.6% (2007)
 
Life expectancy at birth (years): 61 (2007)
 
Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births): 73 (2007)
 
GDP per capita, PPP (current international $): $3,233.97 (2007)
 
GDP growth (annual): 2.8% (2007)
Key Statistics & Quick Links: Biodiversity
Forest area (% of land area): 0.2% (2007)
 
Primary forest extent (1000 hectares): 0 (2010)
 
Extent of FSC certified forests (hectares): No data
 
Terrestrial protected area (% of land area): 0.96% (2014)
 
Marine protected area (% of Exclusive Economic Zone): 4.14% (2014)

 
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All Protected Areas over 100km2
Name WDPA ID (Link to DOPA) WDPA ID (Link to BIOPAMA) Area (km2) IUCN Management Category
Banc d'Arguin 797 797 11876 II
Banc d'Arguin National Park 20388 20388 11958 Not Assigned
Banc d’Arguin 17726 17726 11867 Not Reported
Parc National du Diawling 95349 95349 660 Not Reported
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Terrestrial Ecoregions
Name % of country covered % of ecoregion protected in country % of ecoregion protected worldwide % of ecoregion within country % country contribution to protection worldwide
Atlantic coastal desert 1.42 31.74 70.44 42.65 19.22
North Saharan steppe and woodlands 22.37 0.68 18.46 15.99 0.59
Sahara desert 17.18 0.0 3.74 4.44 0.0
Saharan halophytics 0.47 0.35 25.19 10.35 0.14
Sahelian Acacia savanna 31.29 0.22 10.75 12.28 0.25
South Saharan steppe and woodlands 12.88 0.0 11.33 14.01 0.0
West Saharan montane xeric woodlands 1.29 0.0 41.72 5.99 0.0
West Sudanian savanna 0.07 0.0 14.32 0.05 0.0
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Marine Ecoregions
Name % of country covered % of ecoregion protected in country % of ecoregion protected worldwide % of ecoregion within country % country contribution to protection worldwide
Saharan Upwelling 0.2 14.0 3.84 1.87 6.82
Sahelian Upwelling 2.58 20.22 12.57 49.28 79.25
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Number of Amphibian, Bird and Mammal Species
Class Total number of species (sum of CR, EN, VU, NT, LC and DD) Total number of threatened species (sum of CR, EN and VU) Critically Endangered (CR) Endangered (EN) Vulnerable (VU) Near Threatened (NT) Least Concern (LC) Data Deficient (DD)
Amphibia
13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Aves
476 17 1 6 10 17 442 0
Mammalia
128 10 2 2 6 4 96 18
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