|Location||India, Uttar Pradesh|
|Central coordinates||78o 33.00' East 28o 12.68' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Narora, on the River Ganga, between Karnabas and Ramghat, includes the total catchment area of Narora Barrage or the Lower Ganga Barrage, and the marshes and wetlands situated along the river banks. The site also includes the areas adjoining the Ganga 1000 to 2000 m from each bank. The total area of this IBA site is c. 12,700 ha. This site is named after a small town of the same name. The total catchment area of Narora barrage is 3251 ha, and its total length is 922 m. The main purpose of the barrage is to supply water to Narora Atomic Power Station for cooling and to Lower Ganga Canal and Parallel Lower Ganga Canal for irrigation. The reservoir attracts thousands of waterbirds, and there are many lakes and jheels in its vincinity, where resident waterfowl are found. During winter and summer, when the water level is low, a large number of islands appear in the reservoir and all along the Ganga. These islands and sand bars provide safe resting places for ducks, geese, cranes and other birds. Terns, lapwings and Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis breed on these islands during summer (Rahmani 1981).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis||non-breeding||2004||present||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga||winter||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Indian Vulture Gyps indicus||non-breeding||2004||present||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Sarus Crane Antigone antigone||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||unknown||2004||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Upper Ganga River (Brijghat to Narora Stretch)||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||26,590||protected area contains site||12,700|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Tourism and recreation|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Sandeep Kumar Behera, Raja Mandal and Jitender Pandey.
Rahmani, A. R. (1981) Narora reservoir, U.P. – A potential Bird Sanctuary. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 78 (1): 88-92.
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