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Gharraf River


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2014 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Basra Reed-warbler Acrocephalus griseldis EN breeding 2005-2006 30 breeding pairs A1, A2
Iraq Babbler Argya altirostris LC resident 2005-2006 40 breeding pairs A2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2014).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed very high negligible
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset unknown

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Not assessed negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Gharraf River. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/gharraf-river-iba-iraq on 25/02/2024.