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Location Rwanda, Gitarama,Kigali
Central coordinates 30o 16.00' East  2o 16.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 10,000 ha
Altitude 1,350 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (Affiliate)



Site description The site is located in the south-east of the country, south-east of Kigali, and includes swamps and marshes in part of the flood-plain of the Nyabarongo river, the longest river in Rwanda. The vegetation is composed of Cladium and Typha spp., Cyperus latifolius, C. papyrus and Echninochloa pyramidalis. Average annual rainfall is estimated to be 950–1,100 mm.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. Around 50 species have been recorded from the wetlands, including Ardeola idae and Circus macrourus. In addition, three species of the Afrotropical Highlands biome (A07) have been reported (Table 3).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Carruthers's Cisticola Cisticola carruthersi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Scrub-warbler Bradypterus carpalis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Papyrus Yellow Warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Sharpe's Pied-babbler Turdoides sharpei resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus castanops resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Oliveback Nesocharis ansorgei resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Papyrus Canary Serinus koliensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed low
unset
Unknown

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented  low 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Inyange Site Support Group 2002

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   44%
Wetlands (inland)   23%
Shrubland   16%
Grassland   12%
Forest   3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

References Vande weghe (1981).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nyabarongo wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014

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