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Location Lebanon, Mount Lebanon
Central coordinates 35o 38.12' East  33o 50.84' North
IBA criteria A4iv
Area 8,096 ha
Altitude 95 - 1,520m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Society for the Protection of Nature and Natural Resources in Lebanon

Summary The site consists mainly of Beirut River watershed. The IBA covers an area of 8096ha and holds 41 species of birds and many mammals in the densely forested, less disturbed rocky slopes. It is composed of fast westwards flowing river, with Pine woodland on the northern slopes and scrub and cultivated land with scattered villages on southern slopes.

Site description This site is a deep river valley carved by the Beirut river, extending 20 km eastwards from the outskirts of Beirut on the western slopes of the Mount Lebanon range.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  2006  72,410 individuals  good  A4iv   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation  25%
Artificial - terrestrial   25%
Forest   40%
Rocky areas   10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
hunting major
military minor
urban/industrial/transport minor
water management minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Beirut River Valley. Downloaded from on 30/08/2014

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