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Location Tunisia, Kébili
Central coordinates 8o 52.00' East  33o 29.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 200 ha
Altitude 50 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description Sebkhet Nouaïel is a small salty depression situated 15 km west of the town of Douz, near the date-palm plantations of Nouaïel. This temporary wetland is fed by run-off from the oasis, and is surrounded by halophytic vegetation (Arthrocnemum indicum, Hordeum sp.). It dries out completely in the summer months.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. See under Ghidma (site TN042) for the ornithological importance of the small oasis wetlands near Douz. Nouaïel is also a wintering site for Phoenicopterus ruber, Tadorna tadorna and T. ferruginea. In addition, six species characteristic of the Sahara–Sindian biome have been recorded (see Table 2).

Non-bird biodiversity: Among mammals, both Gazella dorcas (VU) and G. leptoceros (EN) have been recorded.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris winter  40-250 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2009 medium not assessed medium
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Climate change and severe weather drought likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

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

Name Year formed
AAO/ Sfax Regional Branch 2000

Land use

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

References Gaultier (1988a), Hughes et al. (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sebkhet Nouaïel. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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