Privately-owned mainly by the Skaff Family, Ammiq was declared a highly important international wetland reserve by the Ramsar Convention (Convention on Wetlands - Ramsar, Iran, 1971). The last remaining significant wetland in the country, a remnant of much more extensive marshes and lakes that once existed in the Beqaa Valley, and still an important staging and wintering area for migratory waterbirds en route between Europe and Africa.
Aammiq, a lost Paradise! Reedbeds of Phragmites sp. and Typha sp. dominate, interspersed with open fields of coarse pasture. The site has been designated as an Important Bird Area: notable species include the globally threatened Black-winged Pratincole, Ferruginous Duck, White Pelican and Great Snipe. Local people and visitors from other parts of the country use the area for outdoor recreation. During the summer the site provides irrigation for the surrounding agricultural land and supports grazing livestock.