|Central coordinates||82o 26.60' East 21o 25.27' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||265 - 400m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary derives its name from Bar and Nawapara forest valleys which are close to each other and situated in the middle of the Sanctuary. The site comes under Raipur Forest Division, and includes the reserved forests in Lawan and Sonakhan Forest Ranges. It is situated 15 km north of block headquarters Pithora on National Highway - 6, 100 km from Raipur town, and is approachable in all seasons. The terrain is generally flat, with some hills varying from 265 to 400 m. There are numerous perennial and seasonal streams - all tributaries of the Mahanadi river. Summer is very hot, and most of these streams dry out. The Forest Department has created some waterholes, where most of the wildlife concentrates in summer. The forest of this IBA can be classified according to Champion and Seth (1968) as Dry Teak, Dry Sal and South Indian Dry Deciduous Mixed Forest. Teak Tectona grandis occurs mainly in Schistose rock and in alluvial banks around rivers and streams (A. M. K. Bharos pers. comm. 2002). The important teak areas are on the Tenduchua hills. Sal Shorea robusta forest occurs mainly around village Gidpuri. Mixed forest areas harbour Bamboo Dendrocalamus strictus, Terminalia sp. and other species.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Least Concern|
|White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A3||Critically Endangered|
|Indian Vulture Gyps indicus||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Green Avadavat Amandava formosa||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A3||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Barnawapara||Sanctuary||24,466||is identical to site||24,466|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: Nature conservation and research|
|Notes: Tourism and recreation|
|Notes: Human settlement|
Acknowledgements Key contributor: A. M. K. Bharos.
BirdLife International (2001) Threatened Birds of Asia: The BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.
Champion, H. G. and Seth, S. K. (1968) A revised survey of forest types of India. Govt. of India Press, Delhi. Pp. 403.
Tiwari, S. K. (1997) Wildlife Sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh. APH Publishing Corporation, New Delhi.
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