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Location Finland, Itä-Suomen lääni
Central coordinates 31o 25.00' East  62o 55.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 9,394 ha
Altitude 120 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

BirdLife SUOMI-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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1997  67 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus resident  1997  55 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

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  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   30%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 30%
tourism/recreation 30%
unknown 40%

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Koitajoki area. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/08/2014

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