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Location Iraq, Wasit
Central coordinates 46o 5.00' East  32o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 10,000 ha
Altitude 15 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

Site description Two haurs lying south of the River Tigris: Haur Umm Al Baram (32°32'N 46°07'E, 5,000 ha) is c.25 km east of Kut, whilst Haur Al Abjiya (32°25'N 46°03'E, 5,000 ha) is 20 km south-east of Kut. The two haurs are connected by the Dujaila Canal. Maps indicate that they are seasonal freshwater lakes. There is no further information.

Key Biodiversity These two haurs were listed as wetlands of international importance by Carp (1980). No specific ornithological information is available.

Non-bird biodiversity: No information available to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1997  < 50 individuals  poor  A1, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1979  20,000 individuals  poor  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Not assessed  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Acknowledgements Information compiled by Dr D. A. Scott and D. J. Brooks, reviewed by Dr Khalid Y. Al-Dabbagh and Dr Hanna Y. Siman.

References Carp (1980).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Haur Al Abjiya and Umm Al Baram. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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