Tanga North - Kibo saltpans

Country/territory: Tanzania

IBA criteria met: A4i (2001)
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Area: 300 ha

Nature Tanzania

Site description (2001 baseline)
This series of saltpans is situated to the south-west of Moa village, north of Tanga. They are typical of hundreds of small-scale salt-workings along the Tanzanian coast. They rely on solar evaporation in an area of relatively high rainfall and are therefore rather inefficient for salt production. There is a corresponding lack of capital investment and much of the site is relatively neglected and undisturbed.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. Little is known about the site; the only data available come from a January 1995 waterbird survey. This survey also recorded 1,550 Calidris ferruginea. More information is needed to assess how frequently such numbers occur and the extent to which the saltpans are utilized.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tanga North - Kibo saltpans. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.