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Location Sweden, Norrbotten
Central coordinates 18o 16.77' East  67o 8.00' North
IBA criteria C2
Area 4,300 ha
Altitude 490 - 530m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description This site comprises the delta of the Rapaälvens river and Lake Laidaure, into which the delta is gradually expanding from the west. To the south is Sarek National Park, and to the north a zone of coniferous forest.

Key Biodiversity The delta becomes ice-free early in the spring and is consequently an important staging area for migrants.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1997  50-200 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Laidaure Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 4,150 protected area contained by site 4,150  
Laponian Area World Heritage Site 933,408 protected area overlaps with site 3,057  
Sarek National Park 198,466 protected area overlaps with site 300  
Ultevis fjällurskog Nature Reserve 117,203 protected area overlaps with site 850  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  20%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
tourism/recreation 100%

Protection status National Partial International HighIBA overlaps with National Park (300 ha). 2,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Laidaure, 4,150 ha). IBA overlaps with World Heritage Site.

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

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