Lake Bardawil and Zaranik

Country/territory: Egypt

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 79,643 ha

Protection status:

Nature Conservation Eqypt

Site description
This Marine IBA is identified using seaward extensions around breeding colonies. It originates from the Egypt Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and falls within the Mediterranean and Black Sea FAO ocean region. The site covers an area of 796 km2 and is 22 km away from the closet coastline. The depth ranges from 0 to 5 m, mean annual sea surface temperature falls between 22.92 and 23.09 °C and mean annual chlorophyll-a concentrations found to range between 2.93 and 3.97 mg/m3.

Key biodiversity
1 species triggers IBA criteria at this Marine IBA. Seaward extensions around breeding colony; Lake Bardawil include key near-colony areas for breeding populations of Little Tern (LC) 1800-3420 individuals.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Bardawil and Zaranik. Downloaded from on 26/05/2019.