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Location Tunisia, Medenine
Central coordinates 10o 34.00' East  33o 39.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 2,100 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"



Site description The site is an extensive coastal lagoon with an intertidal area covering 1,600 ha. It is situated on the southern edge of the Gulf of Gabès, 50 km north of the town of Medenine. It is fringed by saltmarshes; the vegetation is therefore predominantly halophytic, dominated by Halocnemum, Salicornia and Suaeda species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  10,000-12,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Larus michahellis winter  2,000-6,000 individuals  A4i  Not Recognised 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Azafzaf (1999a), Gaultier (1988a), Meininger (1998).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gourine. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/08/2014

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