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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 46o 54.22' East  42o 24.68' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 8,500 ha
Altitude 900 - 2,354m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  2007  1-2 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2007  20 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low favourable negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - hunting and trapping happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Forest   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Grassland   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Shrubland   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

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

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gunibskoe plato Botanical Garden 30 protected area contained by site 30  
Local natural park Verkhniy Gunib Nature Monument 1,422 protected area contained by site 1,422  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  25%
Shrubland   20%
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  20%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Mesophile grasslands  40%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 2%
rangeland/pastureland 50%
forestry 15%
tourism/recreation 50%
urban/industrial/transport 1%
nature conservation and research 25%

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gunibskoye plateau. Downloaded from on 28/11/2014

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