|Central coordinates||10o 28.00' East 36o 14.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site is partly a coastal lagoon, on the eastern coastline, south of Korba lagoons and 25 km south of Hammamet. In most years it dries out entirely in summer, unlike Korba. It is also partly a saline depression, receiving run-off from the Dorsale mountains, and is surrounded by agricultural land. The vegetation is mainly salt-tolerant, with Arthrocnemum, Salicornia and Atriplex species dominant.
Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The site is also important, especially in wet winters, for other wintering waterbirds including Ardea cinerea, and a variety of ducks notably Anas penelope and A. clypeata. Grus grus use the site as a roost, especially in winters when Kelbia is dry. On the beach seaward of the lagoon, some Sterna species breed, in particular S. albifrons and perhaps also S. hirundo.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus||winter||-||500-3,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data|
|Biological resource use||hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target)||happening now||some of area/population (10-49%)||no or imperceptible deterioration||low|
|Climate change and severe weather||storms and floods||likely in long term (beyond 4 years)||majority/most of area/population (50-90%)||slow but significant deterioration||medium|
|Transportation and service corridors||roads and railroads||likely in long term (beyond 4 years)||majority/most of area/population (50-90%)||slow but significant deterioration||medium|
|Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation||No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun||Some limited conservation initiatives are in place||low|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References Gaultier (1988a), Hamrouni (1999), Hughes et al. (1997).
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