|Central coordinates||68o 58.03' East 22o 20.75' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
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.
|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)|
|Artificial - aquatic||Saltpans||major|
|Forest||Mangrove forest (tropical)||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Bulk of the area is under saltworks operations for production of salt.|
|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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