Keta Lagoon Ramsar Site

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
White-faced Whistling-duck Dendrocygna viduata LC non-breeding 2000 53,050 individuals A4i
Fulvous Whistling-duck Dendrocygna bicolor LC non-breeding 2000 7,200 individuals A4i
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC non-breeding 2000 1,650 individuals A4i
Western Reef-egret Egretta gularis LC non-breeding 2000 1,400 individuals A4i
Little Egret Egretta garzetta LC non-breeding 2000 7,200 individuals A4i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter 2000 1,560 individuals A4i
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC non-breeding 2000 12,100 individuals A4i
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula LC winter 2000 5,950 individuals A4i
Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius LC non-breeding 2000 1,800 individuals A4i
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea NT winter 2000 28,800 individuals A4i
Little Stint Calidris minuta LC winter 2000 18,400 individuals A4i
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus LC winter 2000 12,600 individuals A4i
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia LC winter 2000 6,900 individuals A4i
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis LC winter 2000 1,750 individuals A4i
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC winter 2000 1,000 individuals A4i
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia LC non-breeding 2000 440 individuals A4i
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida LC winter 2000 1,000 individuals A4i
Black Tern Chlidonias niger LC winter 2000 3,350 individuals A4i
Common Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica LC winter 2000 450 individuals A4i
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC winter 2000 1,900 individuals A4i
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus LC non-breeding 2000 1,270 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a non-breeding 2008 100,000-499,999 individuals A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2001 high not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - sewage happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Anlo-Keta lagoon complex Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 127,780 protected area contained by site 53,000

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -
other -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Keta Lagoon Ramsar Site. Downloaded from on 08/08/2022.