Jabal Ma'alah / Ma'alah Plateau (Socotra)

Country/territory: Yemen

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (2014)
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Area: 2,500 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2016 favourable medium negligible
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Site description (2014 baseline)
An upland limestone plateau in northwest Socotra, rising from 550-700 m, with a rich mosaic of mainly Lyceum woodland with grasses and woody herbs, especially Pulicaria and some Tamarix. An important and well-managed area for sheep grazing.

Key biodiversity
One of the most important sites on Socotra for bird biodiversity. Surveyed 2000-2006.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jabal Ma'alah / Ma'alah Plateau (Socotra). Downloaded from on 02/12/2023.