|Central coordinates||10o 8.00' East 36o 45.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||1 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Sedjoumi is the most northerly of the sebkhas or saline depressions typical of central and southern Tunisia. Being situated in an area of higher rainfall, it receives precipitation more regularly than other sebkhas further south, and therefore holds water every winter. In summer it dries out to a large extent, but small quantities of sewage and waste-water flow in from the suburbs of Tunis to the north, so that there is water and habitat for Phoenicopterus ruber and waders even in late summer. As such, it is a key wetland in late summer and autumn. In the southern and western parts of the lake there are about 40 islands varying in size from a few square metres to several hectares. There is little fringing vegetation because of the high salt content of the soil.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna||winter||-||1,000-12,500 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata||winter||-||2,000-10,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus||winter||-||4,000-25,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||-||20,000-49,999 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Sebkhet Sedjoumi||Wetland Zone of National Importance||3,600||protected area contains site||2,700|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Saline lakes||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Gaultier (1986, 1987b, 1988a), Hughes et al. (1997), Maamouri and Hughes (1991), Ministère de l’Agriculture, Direction Générale des Forêts (2000).
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