Qadissiya Lake

Country/territory: Iraq

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2017)
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Area: 145,230 ha

Protection status:

Nature Iraq
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 high not assessed negligible
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Site description
Haditha Dam, which creates Qadissiya Lake, is an important strategic facility in northwestern Iraq located within Wadi Haditha in the Euphrates Valley. The towns of Anah and Rawa lie to the northwest. The dam has been functioning since the 1980s, providing electricity to Iraq’s western regions.

Key biodiversity
Additional Important Bird Observations: During the surveys a total of 30 species was recorded. In addition the site had breeding populations of two Sahara-Sindian Desert biome-restricted species but these did not trigger inclusion under A3 criterion. Other Important Fauna: Many individuals of Golden Jackal Canis aureus were observed and photographed. No fish survey took place.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Qadissiya Lake. Downloaded from on 27/01/2020.