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Location Turkey, Konya
Central coordinates 33o 4.00' East  38o 34.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 11,480 ha
Altitude 920 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description A saline lake situated to the west of Tuz lake (site 072), fed by springs, surface run-off and drainage. Large areas of mudflat and small areas of freshwater marsh occur; otherwise the lake has virtually no fringe vegetation. Non-irrigated arable fields surround the lake, sheep graze the shores and mining takes place at the Alkim saltpans to the north.

Key Biodiversity In winter, significant numbers of wildfowl occur.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1993  14,700 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus non-breeding  4,000-24,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  2 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii breeding  30-40 breeding pairs  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei non-breeding  1,800 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1993  20,841 individuals  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2015 high very unfavourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (agricultural use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - herbicides and pesticides happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  0 0 moderate (70-90%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  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)  
Tersakan Golu SIT (Law on Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets No. 2863) 6,400 protected area contained by site 6,400  
Tersakan Lake Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 is identical to site 0  
Tuz Golu OCKB Specially Protected Area 741,440 protected area contains site 11,480  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  49%
Other   14%
Desert   37%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport 25%
not utilised 80%
hunting 10%
agriculture -

Protection status National High International None6,400 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Tersakan Gölü, 6,400 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tersakan Lake. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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