Palm Islands Nature Reserve

Country/territory: Lebanon

IBA criteria met: A1, B2 (2008)
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Area: 500 ha

Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2006 not assessed high high
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Site summary
The three islands lie 5.5 km north-west of Tripoli. They cover a total area of 500 ha. A site for several globally threatened bird species, nesting site for endangered marine Turtles and resting place for 156 migratory bird species. It is designated Mediterranean SPA under Barcelona Convention and a Ramsar site of three flat, rocky islands of limestone rocks 6 m above sea level. There is a freshwater and some half-built concrete buildings and some ruins.

Data-sheet compiled by Assad Serhal.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Palm Islands Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023.