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Location Turkey, Sivas
Central coordinates 37o 23.00' East  39o 49.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2
Area 102,800 ha
Altitude 1,295 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)



Site description A slightly brackish lake (326 ha, average depth 4 m) situated in the upper Kýzýlýrmak basin, fed by springs and the Acýsu stream. Reed Phragmites fringes the lake and there is one small island in the east. The surrounds consist of arable/fallow land and pasture, except in the west where extensive wet grasslands are grazed by cattle.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for breeding and passage waterbirds. Other species of note include breeding Motacilla citreola.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  10-15 breeding pairs  A1, B2  Endangered 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  3-6 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2011 high unfavourable negligible
  Habitat
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%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  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)  
Hafik Golu UOSA Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 is identical to site 0  
Tödürge Lake Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 is identical to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  20%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  75%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
tourism/recreation 5%
not utilised 80%
water management minor

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hafik Zara Hills. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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