Shadegan Marshes & mudflats of Khor-al Amaya & Khor Musa

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Shadegan Marshes & mudflats of Khor-al Amaya & Khor Musa

  • Country: 
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    400,000 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    30°30'N 48°45'E
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Shadegan Marshes & mudflats of Khor-al Amaya & Khor Musa. 23/06/75; Khuzestan; 400,000 ha; 30°30'N 048°45'E. Added to the Montreux Record, 16 June 1993. Wildlife Refuge. An extensive delta on the border with Iraq, forming part of the largest lowland in Iran, and composed of the floodplains of major rivers draining 11.5 million hectares. The site includes fresh and brackish sedge marshes, tidal flats, creeks, sandbanks and a low island. The delta is fed by overflow channels of the Karun river, irrigation canals and local rainfall. The area is important for breeding and wintering waterbirds and is possibly the most important wintering site in the world for Marbled Teal. The wetland is bordered by saltflats, rice fields, date palms and human settlements. The site was placed on the Montreux Record in 1993 because of chemical pollution from the Iran-Iraq war. Ramsar site no. 41. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • wildlife refuge
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