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Location Japan, Ishikawa
Central coordinates 136o 18.00' East  36o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 100 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Wild Bird Society of Japan

Site description Katano-Kamoike was once a valley formed by fall of the sea level, the uplift of the land and erosion by running water. It was subsequently filled with water to form a pond. The area is covered with various aquatic plants. Around the pond there spread scrub forests such as Quercus crispula, broadleaf forests. Since the Edo Era, rice has been grown in paddy fields from spring to summer. Thanks to this fact the environment of wetlands has been preserved up to the present. But, due to the rice acreage reduction policy and the aging of farmers, rice cultivation is decreasing. As a result, Phragmites australis and other aquatic plants have grown thick and are gradually filling in the pond with their sediment (through the process of eutrophication).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa breeding  2004  present  A1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 low not assessed low
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Unknown  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Echizen - Kaga Kaigan Quasi National Park 9,246 protected area contains site 100  
Katano-kamoike Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 10 protected area contained by site 10  
Katanokamoike National Wildlife Special Protected Area 10 is identical to site 10  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Katano-Kamoike. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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