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Location Turkey, Konya
Central coordinates 32o 44.00' East  39o 6.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i
Area 4,224 ha
Altitude 980 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description A shallow freshwater lake fed mainly by surface run-off, and surrounded by grassy plains and arable land. When the water-level drops, the entire lake is gradually colonized by temporary vegetation˜in late summer it is practically dry. Human activities include cattle-grazing.

Key Biodiversity The area is also important for wintering waterbirds. No information is available on the ornithological importance of the lake prior to drainage.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  1998  20-30 individuals  A1  Vulnerable 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta passage  1995  616 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2006 low not assessed low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

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)  
Samsam Golu SIT (Law on Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets No. 2863) 830 protected area contained by site 830  
Samsam Golu UOSA Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%

Protection status National High International None830 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Samsam Gölü, 830 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Samsam Lake. Downloaded from on 29/10/2016

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