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Location Japan, Hokkaido
Central coordinates 143o 0.00' East  43o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 478,000 ha
Altitude 200 - 2,290m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Wild Bird Society of Japan

Site description Taisetsu National Park located in the center of Hokkaido is the largest mountain massif over 2,000 m high in Japan. The vast alpine belt formed by volcanic activities and the large scale primeval conifer forests at the skirt of the mountains are its special features. Vegetation consists of mixed forest of deciduous broadleaf trees such as Quercus crispula and Acer mono, and conifer trees as Picea jezoensis and Abies sachalinensis up to 800 m high. Coniferous tree, Picea jezoensis, dominates at the zone higher than 800 m. Between 1,200 m-1,400 m is a Betula ermanii zone, and at around 1,600 m is a Pinus pumila zone. There are mountain marshlands formed on the lava tableland at mountain zones and sub-alpine belts, showing sceneries rich in diversity.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ural Owl Strix uralensis resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Japanese Accentor Prunella rubida breeding  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 low not assessed low

Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Some of site covered (10-49%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 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)  
Daisetsuzan National Park 226,764 protected area contained by site 226,764  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -

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

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