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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 47o 25.92' East  43o 20.37' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i
Area 3,500 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Artificial lake with the large ammount of frindge vegetation. Site are located to the north from the mouth of Sulak river.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1998  15-25 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus non-breeding  1998  20-30 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus non-breeding  1998  30-40 individuals  medium  A1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium unfavourable negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Wetlands (inland)   0 0 poor (40-69%) good (> 90%) unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  70%
Desert Semidesert  10%
Shrubland Scrub  9%
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  4%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
hunting 100%
rangeland/pastureland 15%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

References G.S.Dzhamirzoev

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

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