Nam Co

Year of compilation: 2009

Site description
Located in central Tibet, about 210 km from Lhasa. The south-eastern section of the IBA is mountainous, and the eastern and western sections have open plains near the lake. Nam Co is the largest and highest-altitude lake in Tibet, with an open-water area of 192,000 ha. The islets in the lake are used as breeding habitat by birds.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: The area supports a nationally protected bird, Tetraogallus tibetanus, and nationally protected animals including Ursus arctos, Panthra uncia, Equus kiang and Pantholops hodgsoni.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Nam Co Nature Reserve is established at the provincial level.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nam Co. Downloaded from on 02/07/2020.