Basgurly-Zhazgurly Depression

Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2006)
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Area: 42,420 ha

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 very high favourable low
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Site description
The IBA lies in a deep depression in the limestone-gypsum desert plateau of the Mangyshlak peninsula 50 km to the east of Kendyrli Bay in the Caspian Sea and 65 km south-south-east of Zhanaozen city (Karakiyanskiy district). It consits of clay and sandy-clay northern desert with fragments of southern desert. The vegetation on the plains is mainly Artemisia-Salsola associations. The site comprises two parts – Basgurly (about 13 x 4 km) and Zhazgurly (about 16 x 6 km), it is edged with steep cliffs (“chinks”) of limestone and chalk. The total length of the depression is about 25 km, the width up to 14 km. There are several wells in the area.

Key biodiversity
The site supports a typical set of desert species and a high density of breeding birds of prey.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Basgurly-Zhazgurly Depression. Downloaded from on 27/01/2023.