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Location Turkey, Kutahya
Central coordinates 30o 3.00' East  39o 12.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 19,580 ha
Altitude 970 - 1,698m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)



Site description An extensive agricultural and upland area south of Kütahya, bordered to the south by the Kokar stream. Low-lying agricultural areas are in the main non-irrigated; nearly half of such areas lie fallow in each rotation. Where groundwater reaches the surface small marshy areas have developed (some have been drained in recent years). The northern parts of the IBA comprise low mountains that support extensive areas of Juniperus forest and scrub.

Key Biodiversity The availability of fallow land, absence of agricultural intensification schemes and relatively low human disturbance have made this one of the last Otis tarda strongholds in western Turkey˜that the birds appear to be resident and breeding has been confirmed every year since 1993.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  1997  40-50 individuals  A1, B2  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2012 high not assessed low
  unset
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

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)  
K Wildlife Development Area 19,450 protected area overlaps with site 8,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Wooded steppe  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
not utilised 75%

Protection status National High International None19,200 ha of IBA covered by Permanent Wildlife Reserve (Altýntaþ Ovasý, 19,200 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Altıntaş Plateau. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014

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