KZ016
Kaundy Depression


Country/territory: Kazakhstan

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

Protection status:

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 high favourable low
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Site description
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 (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kaundy Depression. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/04/2019.