Kamysh-Samarskie Lakes

Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (2007)
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Area: 114,860 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)
2010 medium unfavourable not assessed
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Site description
The IBA covers the flood areas in the lower reaches of the Malyi Uzen river, near the northern edge of the Ryn sands (desert massif). The site consists of a lake system in depressions with water fringe vegetation, plus surrounding desert steppe.

Key biodiversity
Typical set of waterfowl; 25 species of waterbirds were registered during a short-term survey in May 2006.

Non-bird biodiversity: Typical set of desert steppe and wetland plants, as well as typical small mammals, fox, wolf etc.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kamysh-Samarskie Lakes. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.