Akstafa-chai valley

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
This site is close to Karayazi forest (IBA 005). The area contains the last remaining tugai forest on the banks of the River Akstafa, a right-bank tributary of the Kura river. Main land-uses are firewood-collection (`Other' land-use) and tourism. There is also some sheep-grazing.

Key biodiversity
Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (visits the site throughout the year from IBA 005, but probably does not breed). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Aquila pomarina (1 pair, possibly more). Alcedo atthis and Coracias garrulus are very common breeding birds.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include illegal tree-felling (`Other' threat), which is being phased out, and grazing on the edge of the forest which inhibits regeneration. A game reserve for Phasianus colchicus is planned.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Akstafa-chai valley. Downloaded from on 07/06/2023.