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Location Greenland (to Denmark), Qeqertarsuaq
Central coordinates 52o 15.00' West  69o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i
Area 22,400 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Sullorsuaq is a broad, U-shaped valley with glacial melt-water channels present in its lower reaches. Raised flats of tundra and dwarf-shrub heath vegetation occur, with large areas of freshwater marsh at lower altitudes. Aqajarua is a shallow, soft-bottomed, offshore marine area.

Key Biodiversity Large numbers of moulting Somateria spectabilis have been present in the recent past (30,000 individuals in the 1960s).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons non-breeding  1995  1,500 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
King Eider Somateria spectabilis non-breeding  1994  300-500 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aqajarua (Mudderbugten) and Sullorsuaq (Kvandalen) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 22,350 protected area overlaps with site 22,400  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  5%
Grassland Tundra  20%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Sand dunes and beaches; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  40%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
hunting 100%

Protection status National None International PartialIBA overlaps with Ramsar Site (Aqajarua-Sullorsuaq).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Aqajarua-Sullorsuaq (Mudderbugten and Kvandalen). Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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