Aammiq wetland

Country/territory: Lebanon

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B1iv (2008)
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Area: 280 ha

Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 high very unfavourable high
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Site summary
It is the largest natural freshwater wetland in West Bekaa- Lebanon, and covers an area of 280 ha holding 256 species of birds and mammals. The marsh includes open water seasonally flooded grazing meadows. It is an important stop for 2 globally threatened spring migrants Corncrake and Great Snipe. Over 20,000 soaring birds pass over the marsh in both spring and autumn. Also, over 45 species of bird associated with wetlands use the site, of which at least 15 breed in it.

Raptors MOU - IBA listed under Table 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Aammiq wetland. Downloaded from on 01/06/2023.