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Location Sweden, Norrbotten
Central coordinates 20o 41.44' East  68o 29.53' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, C6
Area 54,000 ha
Altitude 540 - 1,119m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Site description A mosaic of marshes, watercourses, lakes and pools lying in a depression on one of the most northerly Lapland plateaus. The IBA forms part of the River Lainio's catchment, and the only land-use is reindeer Rangifer tarandus herding (`Other' land-use).

Key Biodiversity Important for breeding waterbirds, raptors and waders. Breeding birds include 11 out of the 32 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Arctic/tundra biome. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus breeding  1 breeding pairs  A3  Vulnerable 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis breeding  present  A3  Vulnerable 
Smew Mergellus albellus breeding  present  B2  Least Concern 
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata breeding  5-20 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus breeding  1-3 breeding pairs  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  3-10 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica breeding  5-10 breeding pairs  A3  Near Threatened 
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus breeding  40-70 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  90-150 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima breeding  1-3 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus breeding  150-200 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus breeding  5-35 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus breeding  present  A3  Least Concern 
Carduelis hornemanni breeding  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus breeding  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Tavvavuoma Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 28,700 protected area overlaps with site 28,400  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  21%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Treeline ecotone  5%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Humid grasslands  69%
Rocky areas   3%
Shrubland Scrub  2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -

Protection status National None International High28,400 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Taavavuoma, 28,700 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Taavavuoma. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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