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Location India, Gujarat
Central coordinates 68o 58.03' East  22o 20.75' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii
Area 8,200 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description Charakla Saltworks is located near Okhamandal in Jamnagar district. The area is bound by the Gulf of Kutch coast on the north and spreads to the Arabian sea coast down south. Sea water is pumped in form the Gulf of Kutch and allowed to flow through a series of shallow ponds to enable the process of evaporation for the production of salt. These salt pans attracts tens of thousands of waterbirds. The area features four types of habitats: the saltpans, mangroves, thorny scrub in the surrounding area, and saline wastelands.

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  Critically Endangered 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2004  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   -
Artificial - aquatic Saltpans  major
Shrubland   -
Forest Mangrove forest (tropical)  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport major
Notes: Bulk of the area is under saltworks operations for production of salt.
not utilised minor
Notes: Land on the flanks of the saltpans has been kept fallow to facilitate drainage of storm water during the monsoon season.

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Vivek Talwar, Satish H. Trivedi and Satish Pradhan.


Wetlands International (2002). Waterbird Population Estimates – Third Edition. Wetlands International Global Series No. 12, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

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