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Location Vietnam, Dac Lac
Central coordinates 107o 43.00' East  13o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 100 - 172m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

BirdLife Indochina Programme (BirdLife Direct Action Programme)

Site description Ya Lop lies on the Tay Nguyen plateau, and consists of an area of currently undisturbed dry deciduous forest in the north-west of Dak Lak province, adjacent to the border with Cambodia. The boundary of the IBA is defined by a belt of forest around the outer side of the Ya Lop and Ea H'Leo rivers, such that both banks of each of these rivers are included. Rainfall is relatively low at the site and very seasonal.

Key Biodiversity Ya Lop supports significant populations of a number of bird species, including Green Peafowl Pavo muticus and Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus.

Non-bird biodiversity: Le Xuan Canh et al. (1997) recorded Gaur Bos gaurus and Banteng bos javanicus at Ya Lop from tracks and signs in the field.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Green Peafowl Pavo muticus resident  2002  present  A1  Endangered 
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  2002  present  A1  Vulnerable 
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2002  present  A1  Critically Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Dry deciduous forest (tropical); Semi-evergreen rain forest (tropical)  100%
Wetlands (inland)   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

Protection status In 1998, FIPI prepared a revised investment plan for Yok Don National Park. This investment plan proposed expanding the national park, including a northwards extension into Ea So district. This investment plan has been approved by Dak Lak PPC, and it is expected that it will also be approved by MARD during 2001.

Further web sources of information 

Site account from Directory of Important Bird Areas in Vietnam: key sites for conservation (Tordoff 2002)

References BirdLife International and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (2001) Sourcebook of existing and proposed protected areas in Vietnam. Hanoi, Vietnam: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute.Brickle, N. W., Nguyen Cu, Ha Quy Quynh, Nguyen Thai Tu Cuong and Hoang Van San (1998) the status and distribution of Green Peafowl Pavo muticus in Dak Lak province, Vietnam. Hanoi: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme.BirdLife International (2001) Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International.Le Xuan Canh, Pham Trong Anh, Duckworth, J. W., Vu Ngoc Thanh and Lic Vuthy. (1997) A survey of large mammals in Dak Lak province, Vietnam. Hanoi: WWF Indochina Programme and IUCN.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ya Lop. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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