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Location Moldova, Cahul
Central coordinates 28o 8.00' East  45o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, B3
Area 19,152 ha
Altitude 4 - 11m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description A wetland in the Prut valley, situated 150 km south-west of Chi°inãu and extending from the town of Cahul to the village of Slobozia Mare. The site includes several flood-plain lakes fed by freshwater springs, natural wet meadows and patches of shrub-dominated woodland. Fish-farming is a major land-use with over 2,000 ha of ponds supporting intensive carp Cyprinus production. Mineral springs in the area are used recreationally.

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lower Prut Lakes Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 19,152 protected area overlaps with site 19,152  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  15%
Grassland Humid grasslands  14%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  60%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  9%
Unknown   2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 8%
fisheries/aquaculture 24%
forestry 15%
nature conservation and research 26%
not utilised 27%
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Partial International NoneIBA includes the reservation `Prutul de Jos' (1,691 ha) and surrounding buffer-zone (1.5 km wide).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Manta flood-plain-Beleu. Downloaded from on 20/09/2014

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