The site was identified as important in 2002 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
|Species||Current IUCN Red List Category||Season||Year(s)||Population estimate at site||IBA criteria met|
|Corncrake Crex crex||LC||breeding||1996-2002||common||A1|
|Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus||NT||breeding||1996-2002||5-10 breeding pairs||A1, A4i, B1i|
The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2002).
|Protected area (PA)||PA designation||PA area (ha)||Relationship of PA with IBA||Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)|
|Javakheti||ეროვნული პარკი||13,498||protected area overlaps with site||0|
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kartsakhi Lake. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/kartsakhi-lake-iba-georgia on 03/12/2023.