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Location China (mainland), Guangdong
Central coordinates 115o 23.00' East  23o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 11,591 ha
Altitude 0 - 76m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description The IBA includes Gongping Reservoir, which is one of the most important reservoirs in Guangdong Province with a water catchment area of 317 km2. The shallow sections of the reservoir provide roosting and foraging sites for waterbirds, and the nearly agricultural land is also used by foraging waterbirds.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus unknown  1999  300 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2011 low favourable medium
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - type unknown/unrecorded likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Wetlands (inland)   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gongpingdahu Nature Reserve 7,089 protected area contains site 2,608  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gongping Dahu Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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