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Location Syria, Ar Raqqah
Central coordinates 38o 38.00' East  35o 52.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 100 ha
Altitude 275 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (Affiliate)



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).

Populations of IBA trigger species

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   

IBA Monitoring

2014 medium not assessed negligible
unset
Unknown

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 

Habitats

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

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management major
hunting major

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr Riad Sabbagh and Dr M. A. Kabbani.

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