Ein Al-Fashkha

Country/territory: Palestine

IBA criteria met: A4iv, B1iv, B2, B3 (1999)
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Area: 2,500 ha

Palestine Wildlife Society

Site description (baseline)
It is a protected region and wetland area, which contains a lot of fresh and salt springs, it is near Jerico city, which is the oldest city in the world. The Dead Sea located in the south part of this region and which is considered as the lowest area in the world. There are beautiful green areas between the water of the Dead Sea and Jerusalem Wilderness, which make borders to separate between the water of the Dead Sea and the mountains. The world Fashkha mains crack or split, the reason for this name return to one top of Jerusalem mountains, it fell in the Dead Sea in the past, so this name - Al Fashkha - attributed to this area at which, there is no place for any body to stand on. The level of the Sea water declined between the 1937 and 1930 to 4 m, between 1957 and 1963 it declined about 3.5m. As a result of the water declination the width of the protection region become wider , in addition to the dryness that Jordanian and Israeli authorities and companies create in this region to take use of the mineral wealth that this Sea contains. The Dead Sea depends on the rainfall water that reaches to the sea through Wadi Qadroun, Wadi Al- Darajeeh, and Wadi Sowaneet. On the extension of northern borders of the Dead Sea from the west side there are three springs which are: Al-Gazal spring, Tanour spring, Al-Fashkha springs, the average of the these springs drainage reach to 3million meter. The oasis of Al-Fashkha extended in a distance of 1400m and 5km in order to reach the Dead Sea in several sites. This region is considered one of the less area in Palestine that contains wide distances of plants that exist in the wetland and which also contains springs in addition to tourism retreat.

Key biodiversity
The oasis of Al-Fashkha springs is considered as an important location for the emigrant and the water birds, because this oasis is located on the flying line during the transferring of emigrants birds and there return to the three continents which are: Asia, Europe, and Africa. The species that are found in this area are: Lapwing, Robin, the Warblers, in addition to Chukar. This area is considered as one of wetlands for emigrant and resident birds that belong to the Dead Sea region itself. It is noticed the existence of the Dead Sea sparrow that is threatened that is found in this area in a very special way, and the Lesser Kestrel that is founded in the mountainous area that scope of view on the Dead Sea from the western part. The Night Heron, at which it is considered one of the birds that started to stay and breed in this area. The Griffon Vulture also exists in the western part of Al-Fashkha springs and on the mountains that are scope of view on the Dead Sea. Finally there is the White Stork that emigrates through the area in large amounts.

Non-bird biodiversity: This region is famous by the Ibex and, Gazzella, Rocky Hyrax, and the wolf. There are also several species of fishes and crustacea that are found in the spring water.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ein Al-Fashkha. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.