Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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43o 13.00' East 41o 12.00' North
A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description A shallow, stream-fed, soda-rich lake situated on the high plateau of the Turkish-Georgian border zone. About 1,400 of the lake's 2,700 ha lie within Turkey, and this area includes 12 uninhabited and sparsely vegetated islands. Arable fields and grazing land adjoin the lake; there are a few small reedbeds (Phragmites). Access is highly restricted for military reasons, and human disturbance is therefore minimal. Fishing is solely land-based.
Key Biodiversity One of three Turkish Pelecanus onocrotalus breeding sites and one of seven P. crispus breeding sites. Melanitta fusca is also thought to breed.