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Location Russia (European), Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya Republic
Central coordinates 42o 24.67' East  43o 45.30' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2
Area 22,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi breeding  2006  1 breeding pairs  poor  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus breeding  2006  1 breeding pairs  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2006  6-8 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Vulnerable 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  2006  2-4 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Near Threatened 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2006  300 unknown  poor  A1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2006 high unfavourable negligible
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Grassland   0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   35%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  28%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  5%
Rocky areas   30%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 20%
forestry 35%
fisheries/aquaculture 2%
water management 3%
hunting 100%
not utilised 40%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ravine of Eshkakon river. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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