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33o 59.00' East 36o 18.00' North
A1, A4i, A4iii, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description The majority of the delta is used intensively by man and comprises agricultural land, settlements, wetlands, sand-dunes and beaches. Akgöl lake is a permanent nutrient-rich freshwater lake supporting rich marsh vegetation (including extensive Potamogeton, Scirpus, Typha and Phragmites beds). Saltmarsh surrounds the major lakes; the dunes are of particular conservation interest due to their intact and dynamic nature.
Key Biodiversity The site is of major importance for a range of breeding waterbirds, including the largest numbers of Marmaronetta angustirostris known in Turkey. It is also important for wintering raptors and waterbirds, and as a stop-over site for large numbers of Pelecanus onocrotalus and Ciconia ciconia. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering) and Larus audouinii. 332 bird species have been recorded, 90 are thought to breed.
Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation
Artificial - terrestrial
Lagoons; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches
Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research
Protection statusNational High International High4,350 ha of IBA covered by Permanent Wildlife Reserve (Göksu Deltasý, 4,350 ha). 14,480 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Göksu Deltasý, 14,480 ha). 8,650 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Göksu Deltasý, 8,650 ha). 14,480 ha of IBA covered by Mediterranean Specially Protected Area (Göksu Deltasý, 23,600 ha).
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