Al-Kadan area

Country/territory: Yemen

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, A4i, B1iv (1994)
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Area: 6,000 ha

Protection status:

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 very high not assessed negligible
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Site description
This IBA is extended south to Bajil to include the agricultural land and the new Bajil Sewage Lagoons: four large concrete lined settlement talks in a largely agricultural area. Recently created (in last few years). Visited frequently since Evans (1994), on two occasions to search for satellite-tagged Northern Bald Ibis on migration as signals were received from the Bajil area. Last visited in 2011.

Key biodiversity
The rubbish dump at Bajil is an important feeding spot for eagles, vultures and storks. The new sewage lagoons are a resting and feeding site for Common and Demoiselle Cranes and is likely to be a site used by Northern Bald Ibis in passage (as was the case with the Taizz sewage lagoons in the 1980s).

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 (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Al-Kadan area. Downloaded from on 18/09/2020.