The Key Biodiversity Area Inventory for Iraq
In order to determine the most important sites in a country for biodiversity - and therefore protection and management - an internationally recognized system, with strict criteria, has been developed. This criteria for identifying Key Biodiversity Areas encompasses those for Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) and Important Plant Areas (IPAs) that are essential components of a KBA.
Since 2005 Nature Iraq, in partnership with Iraq's Ministry of the Environment and support from the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea, have undertaken a comprehensive survey of sites in Iraq known or thought to be important for their wildlife component. For many sites over 12 surveys were made - in summer and winter - by skilled biologists, who determined the value of the site for birds, mammals, other animals and, where possible, plants.
These surveys and the application of the KBA criteria has identified 82 sites in Iraq that qualify as Key Biodiversity Areas - the first step to establishing a network of protected areas in Iraq.
The site accounts will be published in an inventory book in 2015 called the Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq. Nature Iraq is pleased to share the final versions of the individual site assessments and the inventory book with national and international conservationists, decision-makers and stakeholders by making it available on special order from Nature Iraq.
No part of this inventory book may be reproduced, stored, transmitted, or disseminated in any form or by any means without prior written permission.
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The summary of Iraq KBAs in addition to the press release of KBA sites in both English and Arabic versions are attached:
Kurdistan, Northern Iraq Assessments
Altun Kopri Marsh
Amedi & Sulav
Atrush & Bania Area
Bakhma & Bradost Mountain
Barzan Area & Gali Balnda
Benavi & Sararu
Doli Smaquli & Ashab
Gali Zanta & Garbeesh
Gara Mountain & Garagu
Kuradawe & Waraz
Sari Hassan Bag
Central & Western Iraq Assessments
Ajeel Himreen Hills
Haditha Wetlands & Baghdadi
Mahzam and Al-Alam Area
Tharthar Lake & Al-Dhebaeji Fields
Southern Iraq Assessments
Hoshiya & Saaroot
North Ibn Najm
Sawa Lake Area
Sinnaf Seasonal Wetlands
Teeb Oasis & Zubaidaat
Teeb Seasonal Wetlands
Wadi Al-W'eir & Sh'eeb Abu-Talha