Sebkhet Kelbia

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara LC resident 1999 present A3
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN winter - 5-40 individuals A1
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna LC winter - 1,000-6,000 individuals A4i
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris VU breeding - 20-100 breeding pairs A1, A4i
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU winter - 10,000-15,000 individuals A4i
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC winter - 10,000 individuals A4i
Gadwall Mareca strepera LC winter - 50-2,200 individuals A4i
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope LC winter - 8,000-20,000 individuals A4i
Northern Pintail Anas acuta LC winter - 14,000 individuals A4i
Phoenicopterus ruber NR winter - 1,000-15,000 individuals A4i
Common Crane Grus grus LC winter - 2,500-4,300 individuals A4i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter - 1,600 individuals A4i
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC winter - 1,000 individuals A4i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC winter - 2,000 individuals A4i
Little Stint Calidris minuta LC winter - 2,000-3,000 individuals A4i
Common Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica LC winter - 200-500 individuals A4i
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala LC resident 1999 present A3
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans LC breeding 1999 unknown A3
Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor LC resident 1999 present A3
Moussier's Redstart Phoenicurus moussieri LC resident 1999 present A3
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica LC breeding 1999 present A3
Buff-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta LC resident 1999 present A3
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura LC resident 1999 present A3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter - 20,000-49,999 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.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2009 very high very unfavourable medium
Was the whole site covered? No State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather drought likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 20000 0 individuals 0 very unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Some limited conservation initiatives are in place medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Sebkhat Kelbia Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 8,558 protected area contained by site 0
Sebkhat Kelbia Wetland Zone of National Importance 8,558 protected area contained by site 0
Sebkhat Kelbia Natural Reserve 8,000 protected area contained by site 8,000

Local conservation groups

The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
AAO/ Kairouan Regional Branch 2000
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
other -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sebkhet Kelbia. Downloaded from on 31/10/2020.