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Location Tunisia, Kébili
Central coordinates 9o 6.00' East  33o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 120 ha
Altitude 30 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description Snam is a small reed-fringed lake, 10 km west of Douz alongside the road to Noueil. It is fed by water which runs off from the nearby oasis. Water depth is up to 1 m in winter, but in summer this wetland diminishes in size significantly. The vegetation is composed of Phragmites communis, Tamarix africana and Juncus species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris winter  50-150 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -
Notes: Cutting reeds.

Other biodiversity The ungulate Gazella dorcas (VU) has been recorded.

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Snam. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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