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Finland, Lapin lääni
26o 18.00' East 68o 0.00' North
A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C6
Year of IBA assessment
Site description A large complex of boreal habitats south of the Porttipahta and Lokka reservoirs. The mires which dominate the landscape are typically large, wet, and hold a very rich avifauna. Islands of old coniferous forests and pure Piceaabies forests (mostly over 200 years old) are scattered across the area, which is also traversed by hundreds of kilometres of rivers (the largest being the Kitinen river) and streams bordered by Salix bushes, forests, and grassy swamp-forests.
Key Biodiversity An exceptionally important area for Arctic and boreal avifauna, especially for waders.
Protection statusNational Partial International High43,665 ha of IBA covered by Peatland Reserve (Pomokaira-Tenniöaapa, 43,665 ha). 34,400 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Koitelaiskaira, 34,400 ha). 141,532 ha of IBA covered by two Special Protection Areas (Pomokaira; Koitelainen).
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