Gediz Delta This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3 (2004)
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Area: 26,165 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 very high very unfavourable medium
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Site description
An extensive coastal wetland situated 25 km north-west of Ýzmir. Shoals and islands separate four saline lagoons (totalling 3,450 ha) from the sea. The site also includes 5,000 ha of saltmarsh and 650 ha of freshwater marsh. Dry grassland and arable land occur north of the commercial saltpans. A fishing cooperative operates in the çilazmak lagoon; the IBA is a popular weekend destination from Ýzmir.

Key biodiversity
The IBA is important for breeding and wintering waterbirds. Sterna sandvicensis bred in 1996 (53 pairs)˜the first Turkish breeding record.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2018) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gediz Delta. Downloaded from on 19/03/2018.