Akpetky lakes and surrounding Aralkum Desert

Country/territory: Uzbekistan

IBA criteria met: A1, A3, A4i, A4iii (2011)
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Area: 39,146 ha

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2010 not assessed medium negligible
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Site summary
The Akpetky lake system is located 70 km to the north of Karauzyak village between the northwestern Kyzylkum and Aralkum in the area of the former Akpetky archipelago. Aralkum is a sand desert that has formed on the former Aral seabed. The avifauna of the Akpetky lake system is quite varied. The site is proposed as an IBA based on the analysis of data collected during expeditions on 16-28 October 2010 and 9-17 June 2008, and data obtained by Matekova G.A. in 2007 and 2008 (Table). 156 species of bird have been recorded, of which 19 species are rare, with 17 species included in The Red Data Book of Uzbekistan (2006) and 8 in the IUCN Red List. Water bodies are used for commercial fishing. Due to the remoteness of the site (more than 70 km from the nearest settlement) cattle are not grazed.

To SOS and CLP project "Survey of 3 Potential IBAs with the collaboration of students"

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Akpetky lakes and surrounding Aralkum Desert. Downloaded from on 04/12/2023.