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Location Turkey, Konya
Central coordinates 31o 52.00' East  38o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 3,123 ha
Altitude 1,026 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description A freshwater lake (the remnants of a 5,000 ha wetland) fed by the Battal and çebiþçi streams, containing scattered reedbeds (mainly Phragmites). Water leaves through a controlled outlet in the south and from a pumping station on the western shore. The lake is surrounded by sheep-grazed arid hills, with arable land, Salix stands, orchards and cattle-grazed meadows immediately to the north and south.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding terns (Sterninae) and large numbers of wintering wildfowl. There are indications that the lake was of greater importance prior to manipulation of its water regime.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina winter  1993  1,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  100 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  8 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1993  32,586 individuals  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2005 low very unfavourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Anser anser Greylag Goose 25 25 - 100 favourable
Netta rufina Red-crested Pochard 688 30 - 5 very unfavourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 17270 2236 - 13 very unfavourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cavuscu Golu Other Area 4,800 protected area contained by site 1,200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  90%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 25%
water management 100%
agriculture 10%

Protection status National High International None1,200 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (çavuþçu Gölü, 1,200 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Çavuşçu Lake. Downloaded from on 29/11/2015

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