Dawhat Kazima

Country/territory: Kuwait

IBA Criteria met: B3 (1994)
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Area: 1,660 ha

Kuwait Environment Protection Society
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 very high not assessed not assessed
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Site description
A shallow, relatively well-sheltered bay, part of the larger Kuwait Bay system, with extensive intertidal mudflats (c.890 ha). The site is important for economically valuable shrimp nurseries, and supports both recreational and traditional fishing with fixed traps (hadra). A close season operates for shrimp catching.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for coastal waterfowl during winter and on passage, including Ardea cinerea (62, January) and Recurvirostra avosetta (70, January). Mixed-species flocks of several thousand waterfowl occur during migration seasons but accurate counts of species and individuals have not been made. At least 66 species have been recorded.

Non-bird biodiversity: Invertebrates: the crab Cleistostoma kuwaitense (endemic).

Data-sheet compiled by Prof. C. W. T. Pilcher.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dawhat Kazima. Downloaded from on 09/08/2022.