Koitajoki area

IBA Justification

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population at site IBA criteria triggered
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus LC breeding 1997 67 breeding pairs B3
Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus LC resident 1997 55 breeding pairs B2, C6

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Conservation

IBA conservation status - summary
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2010 low favourable medium
Was the whole site assessed? yes Condition (state) assessed by population
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: large scale past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration low
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Condition of the site (state), by species
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel 70 70 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Picoides tridactylus 35 35 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at the site (response)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Ruosmesuon-Hanhisuon soidensuojelualue Soidensuojelualue 1,643 protected area contained by site 1,774
Ristisuon soidensuojelualue Soidensuojelualue 94 protected area overlaps with site 0
North Karelian UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 350,000 protected area contains site 9,394
Koivusuon luonnonpuisto Luonnonpuisto 2,206 protected area overlaps with site 2,100
Koitajoen alue Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 7,561 protected area overlaps with site 0
Koitajoen alue Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 7,561 protected area overlaps with site 6,825


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
unknown -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Koitajoki area. Downloaded from on 01/06/2023.