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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  Least Concern 
Armenian Gull Larus armenicus breeding  500 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2006 medium not assessed low
  unset
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - intentional use: lg scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - nutrient loads happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

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  

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Van Plains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2015

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