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Location Tunisia, Nabeul
Central coordinates 10o 56.00' East  36o 41.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 1,200 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"



Site description The site is a narrow coastal lagoon located between the towns of Korba and Menzel Temime, on the eastern coast of the Cap Bon peninsula. It is 12 km long, but never exceeds 400 m in width. It is the largest surviving lagoon of a chain which used to extend all along the eastern shore of the Cap Bon peninsula, several of which have dried up because of agricultural use of groundwater. Water-levels are quite deep in winter, because of winter rainfall, but most dry out in summer; the Korba lagoons remain wet even in summer because they receive treated waste-water from the town and the organic outflow from canning factories. The seaward shoreline supports a dune vegetation comprising Ammophila arenaria, Erygium maritimum and Euphorbia paralias. The edges of the lagoon itself support a halophytic vegetation, including Arthrophytum and Salicornia species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris passage  40-100 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  200 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola winter  300 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lagune de Korba hunting reserve Reserve 1,200 is identical to site 1,200  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -

Other biodiversity None are known to BirdLife International.

References Gaultier (1986, 1987b, 1988a), Hughes et al. (1997), Karem et al. (1997), Maamouri (1995), Meininger et al. (1994), Ministère de l’Agriculture, Direction Générale des Forêts (2000).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lagune de Korba. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2014

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