Aammiq wetland

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
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC passage 1997 555 individuals A4i, B1i
White Stork Ciconia ciconia LC passage 1997 18,392 individuals A4i, B1i
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1974-1975 7,500-15,000 individuals B1iv

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 high very unfavourable high
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Crex crex Corncrake 9 2 individuals 23 very unfavourable
Ciconia ciconia White Stork 8980 8980 individuals 100 favourable
Gallinago media Great Snipe 27 28 individuals 100 favourable
Circus macrourus Pallid Harrier 2 1 individuals 50 unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) 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 contains site 280
Ammiq Wetlands Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 222 protected area overlaps with site 280


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Permanent freshwater marshes & pools, Permanent rivers, streams & creeks, Seasonal & intermittent freshwater marshes & pools -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Pasture land -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland -
agriculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aammiq wetland. Downloaded from on 19/09/2020.