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Location Turkey, Van
Central coordinates 43o 22.00' East  38o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 102,900 ha
Altitude 1,650 - 2,602m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  5 breeding pairs  A1, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  15-25 breeding pairs  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  10-15 breeding pairs  A1, B2  Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  10 breeding pairs  A1  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  26-35 individuals  A1  Vulnerable 
Armenian Gull Larus armenicus non-breeding  1995  3,285 individuals  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
Armenian Gull Larus armenicus breeding  500 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2015 medium unfavourable negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (unknown use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Van Lake Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 is identical to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Van Plains. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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