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Location Turkey, Agri
Central coordinates 42o 54.00' East  39o 2.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2
Area 4,245 ha
Altitude 1,850 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description An extensive upland plain c.25 km north of Lake Van (site 096) and just north of Süphan mountain. It comprises wet meadows, upland grassland and a series of freshwater lakes and large reedbeds (Phragmites). Non-irrigated arable land and pasture surround the area, and cattle and water buffalo graze the wetland. Reed-cutting is an important economic activity (`Other' land-use).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  10 breeding pairs  B1i, B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2006 medium not assessed low
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

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)  
Sarisu Ovasi UOSA Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  20%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  70%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
not utilised 60%
other -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sarısu Plain. Downloaded from on 07/02/2016

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