Lake Qaraoun This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Lebanon

IBA Criteria met: A4iv (2008)
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Area: 1,190 ha

Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 very high not assessed low
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Site summary
It is the largest man-made freshwater body in Lebanon, lying at the Southern end of the Bekaa valley. It is a flyway for many soaring birds. The Lake covers a total area of 1190ha, holding 110 species of birds and other wildlife. Several species of conservation concern have been recorded in past years such as Sociable Plover, and Ferruginous Duck.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Qaraoun. Downloaded from on 27/03/2023.