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Location Russia (European), Kalmykiya Republic
Central coordinates 45o 35.97' East  45o 21.30' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 59,345 ha
Altitude 5 - 14m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description The largest native lake system in Kalmykiya Republic, which are very important for fisheries industry. Most of the lakes are saltwater, but the artificial freshwater are going from Chograiskoye reservoir. This fact causes that part of lakes are almost fresh naw.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1998  60 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1998  45 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  1998  25 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sostinskiy Zakaznik 31,700 protected area contained by site 31,700  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  40%
Desert Semidesert  50%
Shrubland Scrub  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
fisheries/aquaculture 40%
hunting 40%
not utilised 90%
water management 40%

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 E.N.Sokhina, V.F.Chernobai

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sostinskiye lakes. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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