Country/territory: Finland

IBA criteria met: A3, B2, B3, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 70,075 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2010 low unfavourable low
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Site description (baseline)
A very long, impressive, unique ridge valley in northern Lapland surrounded by large areas of subarctic forests. At the heart of the area is the long and shallow Kevojoki river, which runs through the Kevo canyon, considered to be one of the most remarkable geological formations in the country. Vast areas around the ridge valley are dominated by fjeld forests of birch Betula. Each summer, large numbers of tourists visit the area, especially the canyon.

Key biodiversity
The site supports a diverse Arctic avifauna. Breeding birds include 12 out of the 32 species in Europe that are restricted to the Arctic/tundra biome (when breeding).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kevo. Downloaded from on 28/05/2023.