|Central coordinates||53o 29.00' East 12o 38.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3, B2|
|Altitude||0 - 750m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See table for key species. No other information: not yet surveyed.
Site description An upland area of north-west Socotra (600-750 m).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis||non-breeding||1993||present [units unknown]||-||A1, B2||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: harvesting of seabird eggs/young|
Other biodiversity Flora: the escarpment and deep gullies are some of the richest for endemics such as Aloe squarrosa, Punica protopunica and Turraea socotrana.
Management considerations Traditional land management is not threatened, as the resident communities' tribal authority is respected. In general, where motorable tracks provide access, wood-gathering occurs more systematically than elsewhere, but follows traditional practices.
Conservation response On Socotra, traditional controls on wood utilization are still adhered to by the tribespeople throughout the island. Only dead wood may be removed and replanting is practised where appropriate. Range enclosures and controlled grazing systems are used. Wild fruit trees are protected.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jabal Ma'lih escarpment/Badiya Qalansiya, Socotra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/06/2013
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