Northern Commewijne/ Marowijne

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Scarlet Ibis Eudocimus ruber LC resident 2006 4,500 individuals A4i
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus LC non-breeding 2000-2004 1,200 individuals A4i
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla NT non-breeding 2004 65,000-100,000 individuals A4i
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus LC passage 2000-2004 1,200 individuals A4i
Rufous Crab-hawk Buteogallus aequinoctialis NT resident - present A2
Arrowhead Piculet Picumnus minutissimus LC resident - present A2
Blood-colored Woodpecker Veniliornis sanguineus LC resident - present A2
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a non-breeding 2004 50,000-99,999 individuals A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Wia-Wia Nature Reserve 36,000 protected area contained by site 36,000
Wane Kreek Nature Reserve 45,400 protected area overlaps with site 0
North Commewijne - Marowijne Multiple Use Management Area 61,500 protected area contained by site 61,500
Galibi Nature Reserve 4,000 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Ephemeral pools and wetlands, Freshwater lakes and pools, Freshwater marshes/swamps -
Forest Mangrove -
Artificial/Terrestrial Abandoned or fallow farmland, disturbed ground -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Salt pans & salinas -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
not utilised -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Land ownership
Owned by the state.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Northern Commewijne/ Marowijne. Downloaded from on 05/02/2023.