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Location Russia (European), Karelia Republic
Central coordinates 32o 51.17' East  65o 40.25' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i
Area 744,700 ha
Altitude 100 - 350m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Northern taiga with a large number of lakes and marshes, including Lakes Keret, Eng, Nizhneye, Kum, and the south-eastern part of Lake Top. The boundaries of the most important wetlands need to be determined.It is very possible that aftre special field researches several IBAs should be identifyed at this huge area.

Key Biodiversity Based on data in the previous European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989), this is an important breeding site for two wildfowl species, and an important staging site for migrating ducks.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser breeding  1989  present  B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus breeding  1989  1,000 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

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 N.N.Skokova, V.G.Vinogradov, 1986.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lakes of northern Karelia. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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