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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.

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   


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

Other biodiversity Mammals: Canis lupus (V).

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Baath Lake. Downloaded from on 21/09/2014

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