|Location||Syria, Ar Raqqah|
|Central coordinates||38o 38.00' East 35o 52.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description A shallow, 10-km-long lake formed by a dam on the Euphrates (Al-Furat) at Mansurah, less than 10 km to the east of and below the main dam of Buhayrat al-Assad (Lake Assad) at Tabqa. The upper reaches are particularly shallow with a number of islands fringed by Phragmites reedbeds.
Key Biodiversity Thousands of roosting and loafing wildfowl occur in winter, especially ducks. The site has been surveyed only once in any detail, in November 1992, when wintering or migrating species included Ardea cinerea (80), Anser albifrons (800), Anas penelope (900), A. strepera (700), Fulica atra (5,000), Larus sp. (1,000–2,000), Alcedo atthis (40), Ceryle rudis (40) and Merops superciliosus (800).
Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Canis lupus (V).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons||winter||1992||800-1,000 individuals||poor||A4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||1992||20,000 individuals||poor||A4iii|
|Agricultural expansion and intensification||annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming||happening now||some of area/population (10-49%)||slow but significant deterioration||medium|
|Human intrusions and disturbance||recreational activities||happening now||some of area/population (10-49%)||slow but significant deterioration||medium|
|Little/none of site covered (<10%)||No management planning has taken place||Very little or no conservation action taking place||negligible|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Permanent freshwater marshes & pools; Permanent rivers, streams & creeks||major|
|Artificial - aquatic||Canals, drainage channels & ditches; Excavations (open); Irrigated land; Water-storage areas||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr Riad Sabbagh and Dr M. A. Kabbani.
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