|Location||Finland, Itä-Suomen lääni|
|Central coordinates||29o 10.00' East 62o 41.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C3, C6|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Ornithological information Nationally important for breeding Botaurus stellaris (7-9 males), Circus aeruginosus (5-6 pairs). In 1984, the first evidence of breeding Tringa stagnatilis in western Europe was found in the area; it has since bred twice.
Site description A complex of shallow, nutrient-rich wetlands south of the town of Outokumpu, surrounded mainly by farmland, but also by young deciduous forests which regularly flood. Areas of formerly quite extensive open, muddy marshes are now overgrown by sedge, grasses and Salix bushes. In shallow water, large beds of reed Phragmites are abundant.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus||passage||1996||101-500 individuals||good||B1i, C2||Least Concern|
|Spotted Crake Porzana porzana||breeding||1996||15-30 breeding pairs||medium||B3, C6||Least Concern|
|Little Gull Larus minutus||passage||1996||501-1,000 individuals||good||A4i, B1i, C3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Sysmäjärvi - FI0700001||Birds Directive||734||protected area contained by site||734|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland||15%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater||80%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||5%|
Management considerations Overgrowth of the wetland is a threat. The area suffers from intense hunting pressure in autumn, and fishing also causes disturbance in some parts, especially to Cygnus cygnus and Anser fabalis. Excessive nutrient pollution is a serious threat to the whole site; sewage is no longer discharged there, but the inflow of nutrients from surrounding farmland, especially during spring floods, is heavy. Oxygen-generating equipment was installed in Sysmäjärvi lake some years ago to help address this problem. There are several birdwatching towers in the area.
Protection status National None International Partial767 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sysmäjärvi).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Outokumpu wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/06/2013
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