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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.

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 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Hughes et al. (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Garaet Douza. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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