|Location||Morocco, Kelaat Sraghna,Settat|
|Central coordinates||7o 30.00' West 32o 30.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site is the second-largest man-made reservoir in Morocco, on the Oued Oum Er-Ribi’a, located approximately 50 km south of Settat. Lying at an altitude of 265 m, the reservoir is around 30 km long, has a surface area of 14,000 ha, and a maximum depth of 60 m. Situated in a hilly valley, the reservoir’s border is heavily indented and there are many islets, some of which only emerge when the water-level is low. The reservoir’s shores are mainly rocky, and are partly wooded with Eucalyptus and Acacia species. Aquatic plants such as algae and Potamogeton grow in profusion along a 10–50-m-wide strip around the reservoir’s edge. When the water-level drops, exposed mudbanks and the drying aquatic plants provide extensive feeding habitat for waterbirds. Average annual precipitation is 200 mm.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea||winter||-||400 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata||winter||-||7,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris||winter||-||1,973 individuals||-||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Sterna nilotica||winter||-||300 individuals||-||A4i||Not Recognised|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||-||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International
References BCEOM-SECA (1995b).
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