IBA criteria met: A3, B2, B3, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 38,294 ha
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Site description (baseline)
A very large complex of aapa mires, riverside forests, herb-rich mires and forested hills and ridges on the upper course of the Kemi river. The heart of the area is the avifaunally rich Kokonaapa, a large, wet expanse of aapa mires, with numerous lakes and rivers. The site encompasses large areas of semi-natural and natural boreal forest.
An important area for boreal avifauna, especially for waders. Breeding birds include 14 out of the 15 species in Europe that are restricted to the boreal biome (when breeding).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kemihaara (Vuotos) mires and forests. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/1363 on 03/06/2023.