Steppe de Gafsa

Country/territory: Tunisia

IBA Criteria met: A3 (2001)
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Area: 100,000 ha

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2001 high favourable negligible
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Site description
This site includes the area to the north of the town of Gafsa, bounded by Oued el Kebir and Oued Sidi Aich, and comprises large areas of grassland dominated by Stipa tenacissima, with Juniperus phoenicea occurring commonly in the hills. Average annual rainfall is less than 150 mm.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. Also common in this sub-desert region are Falco biarmicus, Cursorius cursor, Pterocles orientalis and Oenanthe deserti.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Steppe de Gafsa. Downloaded from on 07/02/2023.