Aktaş Lake

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 2,386 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 low favourable medium
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Site description
A shallow, stream-fed, soda-rich lake situated on the high plateau of the Turkish-Georgian border zone. About 1,400 of the lake's 2,700 ha lie within Turkey, and this area includes 12 uninhabited and sparsely vegetated islands. Arable fields and grazing land adjoin the lake; there are a few small reedbeds (Phragmites). Access is highly restricted for military reasons, and human disturbance is therefore minimal. Fishing is solely land-based.

Key biodiversity
One of three Turkish Pelecanus onocrotalus breeding sites and one of seven P. crispus breeding sites. Melanitta fusca is also thought to breed.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aktaş Lake. Downloaded from on 27/01/2021.