Acıgöl Lake This is an IBA in danger! 

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2004

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna LC winter - 723-800 individuals B1i
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea LC winter - 770-2,307 individuals A4i, B1i
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea LC non-breeding 1994 211 individuals B1i
Phoenicopterus ruber NR breeding 1989-1996 150 breeding pairs B2
Common Crane Grus grus LC breeding - 1-2 breeding pairs B1i
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU breeding - 30-40 individuals A1
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter - 647 individuals B1i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC passage 1991 1,010 individuals B1i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC breeding - 90 breeding pairs B2
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus LC breeding - 15-20 breeding pairs B2
Common Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica LC breeding - 25 breeding pairs B2

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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 very high not assessed low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - motivation unknown/unrecorded happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (unknown use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Wetlands (inland) 0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

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

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Denizli Çardak Beylerli Lake Wildlife Development Areas Game Reserve 919 protected area contained by site 0
Acıgöl Other Area 0 protected area contained by site 0

Local conservation groups

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

Name Year formed
Pamukkale Arama Kurtarma ve Doğa Sporları Derneği 0
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Salt marshes, Standing brackish and salt water, Standing freshwater -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
energy production and mining -
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -
fisheries/aquaculture -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Acıgöl Lake. Downloaded from on 03/08/2020.