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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 47o 15.20' East  43o 48.30' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 55,700 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description System of several inland fresh water lakes to the west from Agrakhanskiy Bay of Caspian Sea.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina breeding  1982  1,200-1,300 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  2007  150-250 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Great White Egret Ardea alba resident  1970  50 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus breeding  2007  60-100 breeding pairs  good  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus non-breeding  2007  50 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  2007  30-50 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Common Coot Fulica atra resident  1982  9,000-10,000 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2007  28 breeding pairs  good  A1  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2007  20,000-100,000 individuals  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

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

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high

Desert   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Grassland   0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable
Wetlands (inland)   0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  80%
Grassland Humid grasslands  5%
Desert Semidesert  15%
Shrubland   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 100%
hunting 100%
rangeland/pastureland 20%
water management 50%
tourism/recreation 20%
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: Achikol'skiye lakes. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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