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Location Turkey, Gaziantep,Kahramanmaras
Central coordinates 36o 50.00' East  37o 18.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii
Area 6,650 ha
Altitude 490 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description The site lies south of the town of Türkoðlu in the Saðlýk plain, and comprises a complex of fields and small reedbeds (Phragmites) inundated during the winter but largely dry and cultivated during the summer. The area is fed by springs and streams. Rice-fields adjoin the lake to the north-east; a railway and motorway pass to the west.

Key Biodiversity Prior to drainage the site held enormous numbers of passage waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus passage  1996  36-121 individuals  A1  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

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

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%

Protection status National None International None

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

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