|Location||Kuwait, Al Kuwayt|
|Central coordinates||47o 42.40' East 29o 21.22' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B1iv, B2|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description The only significant area of non-marine wetland in the country, man-made by effluent (sewage plus a variety of pollutants) coming from Al-Jahra town and flowing across sandy sabkhah to the sea, forming stagnant, open, shallow pools and extensive beds of Phragmites. There are scattered halophytes on the sabkhah, and some old plantations of Tamarix in poor condition. The site has great value as a potential field study centre for all educational levels up to university research, and if properly zoned could also provide for recreation. Part of the site is a designated camping area.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||passage||1993||28 individuals||good||A1, B2||Least Concern|
|Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca||passage||1993||14 individuals||good||A1, B2||Vulnerable|
|A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes||passage||1993||2,000-3,000 individuals||poor||B1iv|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Jahra pool||Nature Reserve||250||is identical to site||250|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||55%|
|Artificial landscapes (aquatic)||20%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||100%|
|Notes: Wildlife conservation/research|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Prof. C. W. T. Pilcher.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Al-Jahra Pool Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/12/2013
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