Al Marmoom Desert


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2017

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius LC non-breeding 2014-2017 25 individuals A3
Asian Houbara Chlamydotis macqueenii VU breeding 2014-2017 50-300 breeding pairs A3
Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor LC breeding 2014-2017 100 breeding pairs A3
Pharaoh Eagle-owl Bubo ascalaphus LC resident 2014-2017 present A3
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos EN non-breeding 2014-2017 10-20 individuals A1
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga VU winter 2014-2017 5-10 individuals A1
Arabian Green Bee-eater Merops cyanophrys LC resident 2014-2017 present A3
Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis LC resident 2014-2017 present A3
Greater Hoopoe-lark Alaemon alaudipes LC resident 2014-2017 present A3
Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura LC resident 2014-2017 present A3
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti LC resident 2014-2017 present A3
Black-crowned Sparrow-lark Eremopterix nigriceps LC breeding 2014-2017 present A3
Pale Rock Martin Ptyonoprogne obsoleta LC breeding 2014-2017 present A3
Arabian Babbler Argya squamiceps LC resident 2014-2017 present A3

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)
2017 medium unfavourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Desert 0 0 good (> 90%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve Protected Area 95,000 is identical to site 95,000

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Water-storage areas -
Desert Hot -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
energy production and mining -
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Land ownership
Dubai Municipality.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Al Marmoom Desert. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/01/2021.