Steppe de Gafsa

Year of compilation: 2001

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.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are poaching of gamebirds and increasing desertification due to the ploughing up of the grasslands for agriculture.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Steppe de Gafsa. Downloaded from on 04/10/2022.