Western Issyk Kul Lake

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2010

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter - 200-500 individuals A4i
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina LC winter - 2,000-6,000 individuals A4i
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis LC winter - 400-8,000 individuals A4i
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug EN breeding - 2-6 breeding pairs A1
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter - 25,000-80,000 individuals A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 high not assessed low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information unknown

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Very little or no conservation action taking place low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Isyk-Kul State Reserve with the Lake Isyk-Kul Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 626,439 protected area overlaps with site 2,700
Issyk-Kul State Nature Reserve 19,661 protected area overlaps with site 1,350
Issyk Kul UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 4,311,588 protected area contains site 2,700


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Low bushes -
Desert Desert & semi-desert - stony -
Wetlands (inland) Standing fresh water, Water-fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Forestry plantations -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Western Issyk Kul Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/01/2022.