Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Anjar Kfar Zabad
Eastern Bekaa, at foot of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range, in the municipalities of Anjar and Kfar Zabad. Total area: 326 ha
IBA Criteria met: A1
At least fifteen breeding pairs of Syrian Serins (Serinus syriacus) were present at the site in spring 2005, plus Lebanon’s second only record of Bearded Tit. Number of species observed: 69
Freshwater wetland, Agriculture / cultivation, Woodland / forest
Other wildlife interest:
Common Otter (Lutra lutra), Wild Cat (Felis sylvestris), reptiles and amphibians.
Hunting, disturbance of birds, water abstraction, diversion of water/canalization, irrigation, agricultural intensification, grazing.
Current conservation measures & future plans:
Declaration of Hima at Kfar Zabad, including hunting ban, access restriction, habitat creation / restoration. Current-declaration of Hima at Anjar from the mountain slopes along the riverside. Future – Extension of Hima conservation approach to the entire site.