Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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26o 52.00' East 38o 32.00' North
A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
0 - 80m
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description An extensive coastal wetland situated 25 km north-west of Ýzmir. Shoals and islands separate four saline lagoons (totalling 3,450 ha) from the sea. The site also includes 5,000 ha of saltmarsh and 650 ha of freshwater marsh. Dry grassland and arable land occur north of the commercial saltpans. A fishing cooperative operates in the çilazmak lagoon; the IBA is a popular weekend destination from Ýzmir.
Key Biodiversity The IBA is important for breeding and wintering waterbirds. Sterna sandvicensis bred in 1996 (53 pairs)the first Turkish breeding record.
Protection statusNational Partial International Partial8,000 ha of IBA covered by Permanent Wildlife Reserve (Gediz Deltasý, 8,000 ha). 8,000 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Gediz Deltasý, 8,000 ha). 15,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Gediz, 15,000 ha).
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