|Location||Curaçao (to Netherlands)|
|Central coordinates||68o 53.04' West 12o 5.45' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B4i|
|Altitude||0 - 25m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description The Janthiel lagoon conservation area consists of about 80 hectares of hypersaline lagoons surrounded by some 228 hectares of woodlands. There is also one spring and several abandoned water catchment dams which harbor freshwater during the rainy season.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Common Tern Sterna hirundo||breeding||2002||75 breeding pairs||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Least Tern Sternula antillarum||breeding||2006||10-60 individuals||poor||B4i||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Jan Thiel Lagoon||National Park||310||protected area contained by site||310|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Saline lakes||30%|
|Shrubland||Arid lowland scrub||70%|
Other biodiversity The Janthiel conservation area is home to at least ten of the eleven Leeward Dutch Antilles endemic subspecies of birds that breed on Curaçao. An impressive bird list has been assembled for the area, including such rare and endangered raptors as the White-Tailed Hawk and Crested Caracara. Other endemics of the Leeward Dutch Antilles are well represented amongst the reptiles and land snails.
Protection status This site, totalling 310 ha, was legally designated as a conservation area in the island development plan for Curaçao, as ratified by island government in 1997. The owner of most of the property has requested Carmabi to manage the area and financed the writing of a management plan (Debrot and Pors 2001). Government has approved the plan and the local stake-holders (hotels and resorts surrounding the lagoon) would like the plan implemented
References Beers, C. E., J. de freitas and P. Ketner(1997);Cuppens, M. and J. Vogels (2004);Debrot, A. O., C. Boogerd and D. van den Broeck (2002);Debrot, A. O. and J. A. de Freitas (1991);Debrot, A. O. and J. A. de Freitas (1999);Debrot, A. O. and L. P. J. J. Pors (2001);Smelter, M. (2005);Voous, K. H. (1983)
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jan Thiel Lagoon, Curaçao. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/10/2014
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