|Central coordinates||102o 55.00' East 43o 45.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||1,000 - 2,835m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Site description The site is composed of mountainous areas in the eastern part of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The national park is an area of natural beauty and an invaluable natural and cultural resource. The site is characterized as a high upland (around 1,000 m in elevation) with dry stream beds, punctuated by mountain ranges rising to 2,835 m, mountain massifs, hummocks and rocky outcrops. The site plays an important role in protecting the biodiversity of the region. Currently, the national park is used by over 1,000 herding households and 200,000 to 300,000 head of livestock. Controlling livestock grazing is diffi cult because of political and social constraints, but the park administration has started adopting a participatory approach towards management planning with local herders. Apart from a few tourist camps and one small natural history museum, there are no permanent structures within the park. Illegal and unregulated mining, livestock grazing and uncontrolled tourism are potential threats to the site.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Altai Snowcock Tetraogallus altaicus||-||2009||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||-||2009||present||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Saker Falcon Falco cherrug||-||2009||present||-||A1||Endangered|
|White-throated Bushchat Saxicola insignis||-||2009||present||-||A1, A3||Vulnerable|
|Mongolian Accentor Prunella koslowi||-||2009||present||-||A2, A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Gobi Gurvansaikhan||National Conservation Park||2,694,737||protected area contains site||0|
Other biodiversity Several mammal species of conservation concern survive at the site, including Siberian Ibex Capra sibirica, Snow Leopard Uncia uncia (EN), Argali Ovis ammon (NT), Eurasian Lynx Lynx lynx, Pallas’s Cat Felis manul (NT) and Stone Marten Martes foina.
Protection status Fully protected by Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Govi Gurvan Saikhan Mountain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014
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