East Hammar

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2014

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris VU breeding 2005-2012 present A1
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris VU winter 2009-2010 400-800 individuals A1, A4i
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei LC resident 2005-2012 3,000 breeding pairs A4i
Basra Reed-warbler Acrocephalus griseldis EN breeding 2007-2010 300 breeding pairs A1, A2
Iraq Babbler Argya altirostris LC resident 2008-2010 400 breeding pairs A2
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2005-2012 min 30,000 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.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 very high not assessed negligible
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Energy production and mining oil and gas drilling happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Not assessed negligible
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 211,544 protected area overlaps with site 0
Hammar Marsh Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 180,000 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, marshes, swamps, fens & peatlands -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
fisheries/aquaculture -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: East Hammar. Downloaded from on 13/08/2022.