Sabkhat al-Fasl lagoons

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 1994

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC breeding 1993-1995 45-120 breeding pairs B1i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter 1992-1995 480 individuals A4i, B1i
Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus LC passage 1992-1995 1,800 individuals A4i, B1i
Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus LC winter 1991 402 individuals B1i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC passage 1992-1995 3,500 individuals A4i, B1i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC winter 1992-1995 2,800 individuals A4i, B1i
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC passage 1992-1995 700 individuals B1i
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus LC passage 1992-1995 1,100 individuals A4i, B1i
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea NT passage 1992-1995 3,100 individuals B1i
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC passage 1992-1995 11,340 individuals A4i, B1i
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC winter 1992-1995 8,650 individuals A4i, B1i
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans LC winter 1991 118-1,200 individuals B1i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1993 20,000 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)
2013 medium not assessed low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information unknown

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Not assessed low
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Sabkhat al-Fasl محمية 470 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Waste-water treatment areas -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management -
hunting -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sabkhat al-Fasl lagoons. Downloaded from on 28/01/2021.