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Location Turkey, Agri
Central coordinates 44o 4.00' East  39o 38.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 11,420 ha
Altitude 1,520 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description The IBA comprises two lakes separated by an extensive marsh with reedbeds (Phragmites) and wet meadows, situated at the foot of Büyük Aðrý mountain (Mount Ararat). Saz or Kurtkapan lake is fed mainly by surface run-off whilst Gölyüzü or ªeyhli lake is fed by Balýk lake (site 091). The lakes are covered mainly by reed, with large parts drying up in summer. The plains surrounding the wetland are grazed, and reed-cutting takes place (`Other' land-use).

Key Biodiversity The site is also important for breeding waterbirds. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca. According to the limited information available, the site was more important in the past.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1997  2-4 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2012 high unfavourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

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)  
Doğubeyazıt Marshes Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 8,750 protected area is adjacent to site 8,750  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  30%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
other 10%
not utilised 80%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Doğubayazıt Marshes. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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