Haut Atlas Oriental National Park

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Haut Atlas Oriental National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Haut Atlas Oriental National Park
Map showing the location of Haut Atlas Oriental National Park
Coordinates32°15′N 5°25′W / 32.250°N 5.417°W / 32.250; -5.417Coordinates: 32°15′N 5°25′W / 32.250°N 5.417°W / 32.250; -5.417
Area490 km²
Official nameLacs Isly-Tislite
Designated15 January 2005
Reference no.1480[1]

Haut Atlas Oriental National Park (French: Parc National du Haut Atlas Oriental) is located in Morocco. It covers 49,000 hectares (120,000 acres) in and near the eastern High Atlas mountains.[2] Parts of the park have been designated as a protected Ramsar site since 2005.[1]

The park was established to preserve cultural values along with its populations of Barbary sheep, Cuvier's Gazelle, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and vegetation.[3]

A proposed National Park, this site covers 55,252 ha of the High Atlas between Midelt and Er Rachidia. The base rock consists of limestone with some igneous intrusions. The site ranges in altitude from 1,645 m in the bed of the Oued Arheddou to 3,102 m at the summit of Jbel Tanrhourt. At its western end it includes the twin lakes of Isli and Tislit, near Imilchil. The northern slopes enjoy an annual precipitation of 400–600 mm, and are consequently well-wooded, while the southern slopes are drier, receiving only 200–300 mm, and are more open. Winter snows are abundant and long-lasting at the higher elevations. On the northern side, woody vegetation consists of dense cedar (Cedrus atlantica) and pine (Pinus pinaster maghrebiana) forests, oak (Quercus rotundifolia) woodland, open Juniperus thurifera woodland and, at lower altitudes, some Pinus halepensis. The mountain summits and high plateaus support xerophytic steppe vegetation, and there is some grassland in wetter areas. On the southern slopes cedar woodland is disappearing, but sparse oak and pine woodland persists. Steppe vegetation is predominant, dominated by Stipa tenacissima at lower altitudes.


  1. ^ a b "Lacs Isly-Tislite". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Communication, Education and Public Awareness in Protected Areas - West Asia and North Africa" (PDF). International Union for Conservation of Nature. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  3. ^ "Parc National du Haut Atlas Oriental" (in French). Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification. Retrieved 2011-11-15.