|Location||India, Uttar Pradesh|
|Central coordinates||78o 42.58' East 26o 42.58' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description The Chambal WildLife Sanctuary lies in the three states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, stretching from Kota in Rajasthan to the confluence of Chambal river with the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh, extending 600 km and encompassing a total area of 63,500 ha (Scott 1989). The Chambal is a perennial river originating in the Vindhya Range in Madhya Pradesh. Within the Sanctuary, the river flows through areas of deeply eroded alluvium, rapids over rock beds, sand banks and gravel bars along with steep banks and bends. Numerous temporary watercourses provide a variety of habitats (Scott 1989). In Uttar Pradesh, the Sanctuary lies in Agra and Etawah districts, with an area of 63500 ha. Out of this, 23500 ha is forest land and the rest belongs to Gram Samaj (village council), Revenue and private land holders. The Chambal Sanctuary was mainly created to provide protection to the endangered Gharial Gavialis gangeticus and the Gangetic Dolphin Platanista gangetica. The Chambal River forms the core of the sanctuary, and the sandy beach and forested areas along the banks to a distance of one km form the buffer zone. In Uttar Pradesh, it covers 180 km stretch of Chambal river.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga||winter||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Sarus Crane Antigone antigone||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis||breeding||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)|
|National Chambal||Sanctuary||63,500||protected area contains site||63,500|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Reserve Forest|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: Nature conservation and research|
|Notes: Tourism and recreation|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: K. S. Gopi Sunder, Asad R. Rahmani, R. K Sharma and R. G. Rao.
Scott, D. A. (1989) A Directory of Asian Wetlands, WWF, IUCN, ICBP and IWEP, Gland, Switzerland.
Samant, J. S. (2000) Prioritisation of Biological Conservation sites in Indian Wetlands. In: Setting Biodiversity conservation priorities for India. (eds. Singh et al. WWF-India, New Delhi, India. Pp.155-167.
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