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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 46o 47.95' East  44o 15.40' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 23,600 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description System of several fresh water lakes not so far from Caspian coast to the south from Kizlyarskiy Bay.

Key Biodiversity Also Platalea leucorodia, Plegadis falcinellus, Egretta alba, E.garzetta, Ardea cinerea, A.purpurea, Ardeola ralloides, Nycticorax nycticorax, Ixobrychus minutus, Anthropoides virgo, Himantopus himantopus etc. are breeding on area. But there are not data about their number by moment.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina winter  2007  600-1,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  2007  15-30 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus breeding  2003-2007  42-60 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax passage  2007  200 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2007  10-15 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds non-breeding  2007  20,000 individuals  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium favourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Wetlands (inland)   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Tarumovskiy Zakaznik 55,495 protected area overlaps with site 20,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  90%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Urban parks and gardens  4%
Grassland Humid grasslands  1%
Desert Semidesert  5%
Shrubland   1%
Forest   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
hunting 80%
agriculture 1%
rangeland/pastureland 20%
water management 50%
nature conservation and research 80%
urban/industrial/transport 1%

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 G.S.Dzhamirzoev

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Karakol'skiye lakes. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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