KE048
Lake Naivasha This is an IBA in danger! 


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis LC non-breeding 1997 1,500 individuals A4i
Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata LC non-breeding 1991 19,400 individuals A4i
African Spoonbill Platalea alba LC non-breeding 1997 412 individuals A4i
Grey-crested Helmetshrike Prionops poliolophus NT resident 1999 present A1, A2
Basra Reed-warbler Acrocephalus griseldis EN non-breeding - present A1
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a non-breeding - 20,000 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)
2021 very high unfavourable low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather other impacts happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - herbicides and pesticides happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - sewage happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution garbage & solid waste happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors shipping lanes happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Very little or no conservation action taking place low
For more information about IBA monitoring please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Lake Naivasha Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 30,000 protected area overlaps with site 23,600
Lake Elmenteita Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 10,880 protected area overlaps with site 0

Local conservation groups

The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Lake Naivasha Nature Club 16
For more information on BirdLife's work with Local conservation groups please click here.

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Woodland - monodominant -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Naivasha. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/12/2022.