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Location Turkey, Afyon,Eskisehir
Central coordinates 31o 16.00' East  39o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 19,690 ha
Altitude 875 - 909m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description Situated 30 km south-west of Sivrihisar, the southern border is formed by the Aliken stream. The higher parts of this plateau are barren and agriculture is non-intensive (with land being utilized in alternate years). In a typical year 50% of the area supports rain-fed wheat and barley fields, 40% is fallow and 10% uncultivated rocky steppe. Human disturbance is minimal. In contrast, the c.1 km wide strip of land adjoining the Aliken stream is more intensively farmed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  1996  40-60 breeding pairs  A1, B2  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agriculture and aquaculture 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 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
not utilised 50%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Aliken. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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