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Location Tunisia, Gafsa
Central coordinates 8o 29.00' East  34o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 1,000 ha
Altitude 390 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"



Site description Situated nearly 30 km west of the town of Gafsa, the site is a shallow depression in which rain-water run-off collects seasonally. The vegetation along the fringes of this temporary wetland is composed of Typha angustifolia, Phragmites communis and Juncus acutus. The surrounding area supports a low vegetation dominated by Stipa tenacissima and Artemisia herba-alba.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The site is also important for other wintering and passage waterbirds including Egretta garzetta, Ciconia ciconia, Tadorna tadorna, T. ferruginea, Anas clypeata and Fulica atra.

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
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1,000-4,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2001 high near favourable negligible
Habitat
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Wetlands (inland)   0 0 moderate (70-90%) good (> 90%) near favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  Unknown  Unknown  negligible 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Riverine floodplains  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

References Hughes et al. (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Garaet Douza. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/12/2014

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