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Location India, Chhattisgarh
Central coordinates 83o 6.78' East  21o 30.40' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 27,791 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description The Gomarda Sanctuary derives its name from the village Gomarda in Sarangarh tehsil of Raipur district. The Sanctuary is 15 km south of Sarangarh on Raigarh-Sarangarh-Saraipali state highway, which bisects the Sanctuary. The terrain is gently undulating, with numerous boulders and rocks, unfit for cultivation, and hence naturally protected. The main water source is the perennial Lath nullah (stream) and two medium sized tanks. The vegetation is typical Tropical Dry Deciduous forest with Teak Tectona grandis, Bamboo Dendrocalamus strictus, Terminalia sp. and other species. The forest was under tremendous pressure from lopping and earlier commercial clear felling and selective cutting. Since the establishment of the Sanctuary, such pressures have been reduced. Nevertheless, the vegetation needs respite from further biotic pressure.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1, A3  Critically Endangered 
Indian Vulture Gyps indicus non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Green Avadavat Amandava formosa resident  2004  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gomardha Sanctuary 27,791 is identical to site 27,791  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
Notes: Nature conservation and research
tourism/recreation -
Notes: Tourism and recreation
urban/industrial/transport -
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.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gomarda Wildlife Sanctuary. Downloaded from on 19/09/2014

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