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Location China (mainland), Gansu
Central coordinates 102o 19.00' East  34o 14.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii
Area 247,431 ha
Altitude 2,900 - 3,450m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in Luqu County, with the border of Sichuan Province to the south. Ga Hai is a highland lake with c.5 km2 of open water area and an average depth of 2-3 m, which is fed by mountain streams and precipitation. The outflow from the lake is the Tao He river. The area has a sparse human population and animal husbandry is the main activity. Over-grazing has caused problems of desertification.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis breeding  1996  80-82 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus unknown  2008  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Sichuan Jay Perisoreus internigrans resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ga Hai Nature Reserve 10,800 unknown 0  
Ganligahai-zecha Nature Reserve 247,431 is identical to site 247,431  
Ze Cha Nature Reserve 70,498 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -
Grassland   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ganligahai-Zecha Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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