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Location Tunisia, Medenine
Central coordinates 11o 15.00' East  33o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 23,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description Also known as Bhiret el Bibane (the Sea of Bibane), the site is situated on the south-eastern coast, 10 km north of Ben Guerdane, 20 km south of Zarzis and 15 km from the Libyan border. It is a coastal lagoon 32 km long and up to 10 km wide, with an average depth of 4 m. It is linked to the sea by a series of small channels, the largest of which is 800 m wide.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1,000-3,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  3,000-10,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bahiret el Bibane Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 39,266 protected area contains site 23,000  
Réserve de Chasse Bhiret El Bibane Other Area 0 is identical to site 23,000  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Denizot and Guelorget (1981), Gaultier (1988a), Gretton (1991), Hughes et al. (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bibane. Downloaded from on 21/09/2014

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