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Location Tunisia, Monastir
Central coordinates 10o 46.00' East  35o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 1,000 ha
Altitude 2 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description The site is (with Thyna, site TN027) one of the only two remaining salt-production plants left in Tunisia following the closure of the Mégrine saltpans (site TN009). Because of the salt-production work, there is a series of shallow pans of varying salinity, where water-levels vary from day to day and attract many waterbirds. The plant is situated between the cities of Monastir and Sousse (with their extensive tourist facilities along the neighbouring beaches), and within a former coastal sebkha, part of which still functions as a saline depression in wet winters. The halophytic vegetation of the sebkha is dominated by Arthrocnemum and Salicornia species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1,000-3,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  80-150 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Gaultier (1986, 1988a, 1989), Hamrouni (1999), Hughes et al. (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Salines de Monastir. Downloaded from on 24/10/2014

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