IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2015

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN winter 2005 38 individuals A1
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris VU winter 2005-2009 180-1,300 individuals A1, A4i
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris VU resident 2005-2010 150 breeding pairs A1, A4i
Basra Reed-warbler Acrocephalus griseldis EN breeding 2005-2010 500 breeding pairs A1, A2
Iraq Babbler Argya altirostris LC resident 2005-2010 800 breeding pairs A2
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2005-2010 min 35,000 individuals A4iii

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)
2013 very high not assessed medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information unknown

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - large dams happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Not assessed medium
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 211,544 protected area overlaps with site 0
Hawizeh Marsh (Haur Al-Hawizeh) Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 137,700 protected area contained by site 137,700


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
Desert -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -
military -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hawizeh. Downloaded from on 25/09/2021.