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Location Tunisia, Sfax
Central coordinates 10o 2.00' East  34o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 580 ha
Altitude 0 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"



Site description The site is situated 14 km south-west of Skhira and 30 km north-west of the town of Gabès. It comprises a sebkhet (about 380 ha), an intertidal area (about 200 ha) and the part of Oued Rimth that crosses Sebkhet Dreïaa and ends into the Gulf of Gabès. The intertidal area is overgrown with Zostera and near the shoreline there is an abundant growth of Halocnemum, Atriplex, Phragmites spp. and Juncus maritimus. Further inland, the vegetation is more sparse and essentially consists of Arthrocnemum sp. while parts of the sebkhet are unvegetated.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Charadrius alexandrinus winter  700-1,000 individuals  A4i  Not Recognised 
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola winter  1,500-2,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
AAO/ Gabes Regional Branch 2000

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Hughes et al. (1997), van Dijk et al. (1986).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sebkhet Dreïaa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2014

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