Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
An extensive area of aapa mire in central Lapland, close to the Russian border. The peatland is bisected by numerous rivers and rivulets, which are bordered by Picea abies swamps and mire meadows. Areas of coniferous boreal forests are relatively scarce.

Key biodiversity
An important area for boreal avifauna.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial10,318 ha of IBA covered by Peatland Reserve (Joutenaapa-Kaita-aapa, 10,318 ha). 10,235 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Joutsenaapa-Kaita-aapa).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Joutsenaapa-Kaita-aapa. Downloaded from on 08/12/2022.