Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus LC breeding 2005-2007 present A3
Sombre Tit Poecile lugubris LC resident 1974 present A3
Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida LC breeding 2005 present A3
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum LC breeding 2005-2007 present A3
Menetries's Warbler Sylvia mystacea LC breeding 2005 present A3
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala LC breeding 2005-2007 present A3
Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata LC breeding 2005-2007 present A3
Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer LC resident 2005 present A3
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica LC breeding 2005-2007 present A3
Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii LC breeding 1976-1977 3 breeding pairs A3
Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus VU breeding 2005-2007 present A1, A2, A3
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala LC breeding 2005-2007 present A3
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia LC breeding 2005-2007 present A3

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)
2007 low not assessed high
Was the whole site covered? No State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information -

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented high
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Shouf UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 15,647 protected area overlaps with site 15,647
Mashgara (Machgharah) National Park 3,500 protected area overlaps with site 0
Jabal Al Rihane UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 2,230 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Barouk Forest Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0
Al Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve Nature Reserve 15,647 protected area overlaps with site 15,647

Local conservation groups

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

Name Year formed
Society for Arz El-Chouf 1994
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate -
Grassland Temperate -
Shrubland Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
hunting -
rangeland/pastureland -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 26/01/2021.