Baath Lake

Country/territory: Syria

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii (1994)
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Area: 100 ha

The Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 medium not assessed negligible
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Site description
A shallow, 10-km-long lake formed by a dam on the Euphrates (Al-Furat) at Mansurah, less than 10 km to the east of and below the main dam of Buhayrat al-Assad (Lake Assad) at Tabqa. The upper reaches are particularly shallow with a number of islands fringed by Phragmites reedbeds.

Key biodiversity
Thousands of roosting and loafing wildfowl occur in winter, especially ducks. The site has been surveyed only once in any detail, in November 1992, when wintering or migrating species included Ardea cinerea (80), Anser albifrons (800), Anas penelope (900), A. strepera (700), Fulica atra (5,000), Larus sp. (1,000–2,000), Alcedo atthis (40), Ceryle rudis (40) and Merops superciliosus (800).

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Canis lupus (V).

Data-sheet compiled by Dr Riad Sabbagh and Dr M. A. Kabbani.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Baath Lake. Downloaded from on 28/09/2022.