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Location Turkey, Hakkari
Central coordinates 44o 16.00' East  37o 29.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B3
Area 28,580 ha
Altitude 1,925 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description A large plain enclosed by high mountains and traversed by the Nehil stream. A large permanent marsh is located in the south-east; temporary marshes and grasslands are found along the river. Large areas are subject to spring flooding. Human activities include extensive grazing and reed-cutting (`Other' land-use).

Key Biodiversity Pre-1989 data indicate that Ardea purpurea, Circus aeruginosus, Grus grus and Otis tarda bred, and it is likely that they continue to do so.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  15 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  30-40 individuals  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1989  3-5 breeding pairs  poor  B1i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseases invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) 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)  
Yuksekova Sazliklari UOSA Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  50%
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  35%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
other 20%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yüksekova. Downloaded from on 09/10/2015

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