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Yala swamp complex This is an IBA in danger! 


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri NT resident 1999 present A1, A3
Carruthers's Cisticola Cisticola carruthersi LC resident 1999 present A3
Calamonastides gracilirostris NR resident 1999 present A1, A3
White-winged Swamp-warbler Bradypterus carpalis LC resident 1999 present A3
Black-lored Babbler Turdoides sharpei LC resident 1999 present A3
Red-chested Sunbird Cinnyris erythrocercus LC resident 1999 present A3
Northern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus castanops LC resident 1999 present A3
Papyrus Canary Crithagra koliensis LC resident 1999 present A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here


IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 very high unfavourable high
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification marine and freshwater aquaculture - industrial aquaculture likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification marine and freshwater aquaculture - subsistence/artisinal aquaculture happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - intentional use: subsistence/sml scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Climate change and severe weather storms and floods happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Climate change and severe weather temperature extremes happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining oil and gas drilling likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Geological events avalanches/landslides likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Geological events earthquakes/tsunamis likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Geological events volcanic eruptions likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance war, civil unrest and military exercises likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes introduced genetic material happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - unspecified species happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - type unknown/unrecorded happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution air-borne pollutants - smog happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - sewage happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution excess energy - light pollution likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Pollution excess energy - noise pollution happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution excess energy - thermal pollution likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration medium
Pollution garbage & solid waste happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution industrial & military effluents - type unknown/unrecorded happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors flight paths past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Transportation and service corridors shipping lanes likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Wetlands (inland) Permanent herbaceous swamps and bogs 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Laniarius mufumbiri Papyrus Gonolek 17 17 adults 100 not assessed

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity high
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Local conservation groups

The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Ecofinder Kenya 0
Freinds of Yala Swamp 2007
Yala Swamp Community Conservancy Organisation (Yasco) 2008
Yala swamp environment volunteers. 0
For more information on BirdLife's work with Local conservation groups please click here.

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools, Permanent herbaceous swamps and bogs -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
agriculture -
other -
water management -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yala swamp complex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/02/2020.