Rawabel islands

Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
Two small, flat, coralline islands with scattered salt-tolerant vegetation, including shrubs of Nitraria and Tamarix. The islands are surrounded by coral reefs and shallow waters.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. Four bird species have been found breeding: Pandion haliaetus, Larus leucophthalmus, Larus hemprichii and Sterna caspia.

Non-bird biodiversity: Reptiles: Eretmochelys imbricata (CR) or Chelonia mydas (EN) probably breed.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The islands are part of the Elba National Park, which was declared by Prime Ministerial Decree 450/1986, adjusted by Prime Ministerial Decree 1186/1986 and Prime Ministerial Decree 642/1995.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rawabel islands. Downloaded from on 17/05/2022.