|Central coordinates||28o 8.00' East 45o 42.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B1i, B2, B3|
|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 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%|
|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%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||26%|
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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