Rugezi Marsh

Country/territory: Rwanda

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 10,000 ha

Nature Rwanda
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed medium low
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Site description (2001 baseline)
Rugezi marsh is located in an inundated valley in the north of Rwanda, to the east of Lake Burera on Uganda border. The vegetation of the marsh is dominated by Miscanthidium violaceum with stands of Cyperus latifolius around the fringes and an area of papyrus C. papyrus near the point of outflow. Average annual rainfall is estimated at 1,200 mm.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Some 43 species have been recorded from the marsh and its immediate vicinity, including five of the Afrotropical Highlands biome (see Table 3). This site is important for Bradypterus graueri and is unusual in that this species occurs together with B. carpalis.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Rugezi Marsh. Downloaded from on 25/02/2024.