Akzhar Lakes

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2006

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 2006 30-100 individuals A1
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus LC passage 2006 500-1,500 individuals A4i
Common Crane Grus grus LC passage 2006 2,500-9,999 individuals A4i
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT passage 2006 160-300 individuals A1, A4i
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC passage 2006 120-300 individuals A4i
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC passage 2006 600-1,000 individuals A4i
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC passage 2006 500-1,500 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 2006 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii

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.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2006 high near favourable not assessed
Was the whole site covered? No State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Desert 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Wetlands (inland) 0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert -
Wetlands (inland) -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Akzhar Lakes. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.