Gediz Delta

Country/territory: Türkiye

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3 (2016)
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Area: 26,165 ha

Doga Dernegi
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2020 not assessed high medium
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Site description (2000 baseline)
An extensive coastal wetland situated 25 km north-west of Ýzmir. Shoals and islands separate four saline lagoons (totalling 3,450 ha) from the sea. The site also includes 5,000 ha of saltmarsh and 650 ha of freshwater marsh. Dry grassland and arable land occur north of the commercial saltpans. A fishing cooperative operates in the çilazmak lagoon; the IBA is a popular weekend destination from Ýzmir.

Key biodiversity
The IBA is important for breeding and wintering waterbirds. Sterna sandvicensis bred in 1996 (53 pairs)˜the first Turkish breeding record.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Gediz Delta. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.