Site description A wetland in the Prut valley, situated 150km 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 2,000ha of ponds supporting intensive carp Cyprinus production. Mineral springs in the area are used recreationally.
Key Biodiversity A1/B2/B3 criteria have been assigned at the site level as many globally threatened species and SPECs are present, but detailed population estimates are unknown. B1i has also been assigned, as the IBA is known to be an important stop-over site for passage wildfowl and waders. Nine globally threatened species occur: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (breeding), Pelecanus crispus (non-breeding), Anser erythropus (passage), Branta ruficollis (passage), Aythya nyroca (resident), Haliaeetus albicilla (passage), Aquila clanga (passage), Crex crex (passage) and Gallinago media (passage). Approximately 70 species breed, and c.50 species of waterbirds stop over on spring and autumn migration.