Marmara Lake

Country/territory: Türkiye

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 6,911 ha

Doga Dernegi
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2016 near favourable medium low
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Site description (2000 baseline)
An irrigation reservoir averaging 3,400 ha in area (depth 3-4 m); reedbed (Phragmites) and marsh cover varies according to the water-level. Surrounded by hills to the north and north-east, with Gediz valley to the south and Akhisar valley to the north-west. Flood-plains are used for growing cotton, and cattle-grazing is widespread on the marshes.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for breeding and wintering waterbirds. Pelecanus crispus is thought to breed.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Marmara Lake. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023.