|Location||Finland, Itä-Suomen lääni|
|Central coordinates||31o 25.00' East 62o 55.00' North|
|IBA criteria||B2, B3, C6|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Ornithological information An important breeding area for boreal birds. One of the most significant southernmost breeding areas for Perisoreus infaustus (20 pairs) in Finland.
Site description A large complex of raised bogs and boreal forests along the Koitajoki river in easternmost Finland. Raised bogs divided by numerous rivers dominate the peatland, with smaller areas of aapa mire, bordered with patches of both natural and previously managed swamp- forests.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus||breeding||1997||67 breeding pairs||poor||B3||Least Concern|
|Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus||resident||1997||55 breeding pairs||poor||B2, C6||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Koitajoen alue - FI0700043||Birds Directive||7,561||protected area overlaps with site||6,825|
|Koivusuon luonnonpuisto||Strict Nature Reserve||2,208||protected area contained by site||2,100|
|North Karelian||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve||350,000||protected area contains site||9,394|
|Ruosmesuon-Hanhisuon soidensuojelualue||Protected Mire||1,638||protected area contained by site||1,774|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Raised bogs||70%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations The Koitajoki river flows over the border into Russia; plans have been made to establish a large adjacent conservation area in Russia. Sewage effluent impacts on the area. Several kilometres of board-walks and trails traverse the Koivusuo Strict Nature Reserve, which falls within the IBA. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
Protection status National Partial International High2,100 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Koivusuo, 2,100 ha). 1,774 ha of IBA covered by Peatland Reserve (Ruosmesuo-Hanhisuo, 1,774 ha). 9,394 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Northern Karelian, 350,000 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Koitajoki area. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2013
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