Kaundy Depression

Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA criteria met: A1 (2006)
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Area: 78,220 ha

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2014 high favourable low
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Site description (baseline)
The IBA is a deep hollow (depression) in the limestone-gypsum desert plateau of the Mangyshlak peninsula, 20 km to the east of Kendyrli Bay on the Caspian Sea, and 30 km to the south of Zhanaozen city (Karakiyanskiy district). The landscape is typical clay and sandy-clay northern desert with fragments of southern desert. The vegetation of the plains is mainly Artemisia-Salsola associations. The hollow is edged with steep cliffs (“chinks”) of limestone and chalk, with heights up to 150 m. The length of the hollow is about 30 km, the width up to 6-9 km.

Key biodiversity
Typical assemblage of desert species, with an interesting complex of birds of prey.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kaundy Depression. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023.