The rational use and integrated management of wetlands in the Sahara is essential to ensure the sustainability of the Saharan wetlands. These wetlands are of vital importance to sustain the ecological network of the area, (even worldwide considering e.g. important bird migration routes) and to sustain the livelihood of local people. The Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation has completed a quick scan about the actual situation of Algeria’s wetlands and water resources but more specifically on Lake Ayata located in the region of the Wilaya of El Oued in Algeria. This quick scan has been initiated by a request from the Wilaya of El Oued through the Councelor for Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality based at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Paris (France), at the time that Algeria was included in her area of jurisdiction. This quick scan developed recommendations on the management, conservation and options for the sustainable use of the Lac Ayata, e.g. by preliminary recommendations for small-scale tourism development. Including translation in French (executive summary, short summary, some final remarks and acknowledgement).