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Location Russia (European), Karelia Republic
Central coordinates 32o 54.80' East  60o 59.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 23,870 ha
Altitude 9 - 59m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Wet agricultural lands in the vicinity of Olonets town near the shore of Lake Ladoga.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1997  200,000-300,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1997  500,000-700,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis passage  1997  2,000-3,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997  150-500 breeding pairs  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1997  100-200 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1997  500,000-999,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2007 low near favourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - type unknown/unrecorded happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Artificial - terrestrial   0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  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)  
Selskokhozyaistvennie ugod'ya i bolota Olonetskogo Zakaznik 5,000 protected area contained by site 5,000  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Caretakers of Olonetskaya ravnina 2007


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%
nature conservation and research 28%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

References V.B.Zimin, A.V.Artem'ev, N.V.Lapshin

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Olonets plain. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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