KE046
Lake Elmenteita


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
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis LC winter 1990 3,000 individuals A4i
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus LC winter 1993 23,800 individuals A4i
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor NT winter 2000 588,400 individuals A1, A4i
African Spoonbill Platalea alba LC winter 1994 260 individuals A4i
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC winter 1992 11,800 individuals A4i
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC breeding 1999 8,000 breeding pairs A4i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter 1997 4,200 individuals A4i
Grey-crested Helmetshrike Prionops poliolophus NT resident 1999 present A1, A2
Jackson's Widowbird Euplectes jacksoni NT resident 1999 present A1, A2
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter - 500,000-999,999 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)
2009 very high very unfavourable negligible
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Pollution air-borne pollutants - smog happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Pollution industrial & military effluents - type unknown/unrecorded happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Wetlands (inland) 0 0 poor (40-69%) very poor (< 40%) not assessed

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Lake Elementeita Wildlife Sanctuary Game Sanctuary 2,534 protected area contained by site 2,534
Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley World Heritage Site 32,034 protected area contains site 7,200

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Savanna Bushland & thicket - evergreen -
Wetlands (inland) Saline lakes -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
tourism/recreation -
forestry -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Elmenteita. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2017.