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Location Iraq, Al-Muthanna
Central coordinates 45o 30.00' East  31o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 20,000 ha
Altitude 13 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

Site description An isolated haur c.5 km north of the River Euphrates and c.80 km west-north-west of Nasiriya, fed by floodwater from the Euphrates.

Key Biodiversity The site was listed as a wetland of international importance by Carp (1980), and was considered by Scott and Carp (1982) to be possibly of great importance for wintering waterbirds, but there is no specific ornithological information 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  present  B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1979  20,000 individuals  poor  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed negligible

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very 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), Scott and Carp (1982).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Haur Lafta. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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