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Location Turkmenistan, Lebap
Central coordinates 62o 55.48' East  39o 6.10' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 12,123 ha
Altitude 95 - 218m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

BirdLife Central Asia Programme (BirdLife Direct Action Programme)

Site description The Kattashor - Romankul lakes formed in the desert from collector-drainage waters of the left bank Amudarya collector. The IBA is located to the northwest of Turkmenabat city.

Key Biodiversity The avifauna of the IBA includes 300 species, of which more than 100 are waterfowl and waterbirds. The IBA's wetlands provide favorable conditions for waterfowl and waterbirds, especially during migration and in winter. Criterion А1 applies for: Pelecanus crispus. Other A1 species recorded but where data is not available to justify their designation are: Aythya nyroca, Oxyura leucocephala, Anser erythropus and Marmaronetta angustirostris. Criterion А4iii applies for the waterfowl and waterbirds which number more than 20,000 on migration and in winter.

Non-bird biodiversity: Fish: – about 40 species, amphibians – 2 species, reptiles – 30 species and mammals about 40 species. Flora: coastal hydrophilic vegetation: Tamarix, Karelinia caspia, Phragmites australis, Salsola.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina winter  2005-2007  1,835-3,997 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala unknown  2005  1 individuals  A1  Endangered 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  2005-2007  4-34 individuals  medium  A1  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  2005  2,005 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2005  min 20,000 individuals  medium  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium not assessed not assessed
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   10%
Wetlands (inland)   90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 75%
water management 25%

Protection status Not protected.

References Rustamov, E.A. (1992). Wintering of a waterfowl in Turkmenistan. Biology Science.№3. Moscow. (in Russian). Rustamov, E.A., Poslavskiy, А.N., Karavaev A.A. (1990). Geography, ecology and protection of winterings of a waterfowl of Turkmenistan. The nature protection of Turkmenistan, # 8. Ashgabat: 56-100. (in Russian). Shirekov, R.Sh., Poslavskiy, A.N. (1990). Rare and little-studied species of Anseriformes in East Turkmenistan. Rare and little-studied birds of Central Asia. Tashkent. “Fan”. 40-43. (in Russian).

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

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