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Location Finland, Lapin lääni
Central coordinates 24o 48.00' East  66o 20.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C7
Area 7,823 ha
Altitude 135 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A complex of five adjacent aapa mires lying between the lower courses of the Kemi and Tornio rivers. Wet bogs are most typical, but various kinds of mire are present ranging from poor fens to herb-rich grass swamps. Numerous stands of old coniferous forests are scattered amongst the mires. Lakes and rivers are scarce.

Key Biodiversity An important area for boreal avifauna.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  1990  501-1,000 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus breeding  1990  90 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 low very unfavourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper 475 475 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Calidris falcinellus Broad-billed Sandpiper 50 16 breeding pairs 32 very unfavourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kilsiaavan-Ristivuoman soidensuojelualue Protected Mire 7,938 protected area contained by site 7,823  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 5%
hunting 100%

Protection status National Partial International High7,823 ha of IBA covered by Peatland Reserve (Kilsiaapa-Ristivuoma, 7,823 ha). 7,744 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Kilsiaapa-Ristivuoma).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kilsiaapa-Ristivuoma. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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