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Location Iraq, Wasit
Central coordinates 46o 12.00' East  32o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, B2
Area 8,000 ha
Altitude 17 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

Site description Two small haurs largely overgrown with reeds Phragmites, on the plains south-east of Al Hayy. The haurs are fed by the Shatt Al Gharraf.

Key Biodiversity The two haurs were listed as a wetland of international importance by Carp (1980). The area was not visited by IWRB survey teams during 1968-1979.

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
Basra Reed-warbler Acrocephalus griseldis breeding  1985  present  A1, A2, B2  Endangered 

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), Georg and Savage (1970a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Haur Al Hachcham and Haur Maraiba. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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