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.
An important area for boreal avifauna.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
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).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Joutsenaapa-Kaita-aapa. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 25/02/2021.