Kars Plain

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 18,670 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 negligible
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Site description
A small wetland situated 20 km east of Kars, adjacent to the road between Kars and Digor. To the south of the road are 15 ha of open water, with a rich submerged flora (mainly Potamogeton) and a mosaic of emergent sedge-beds. The area to the north is largely seasonal. The lake lies on a vast elevated plateau, covered largely by extensively grazed steppe-grassland.

Key biodiversity
The area is important for breeding waterbirds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kars Plain. Downloaded from on 06/07/2020.