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Lake Elmenteita This is an IBA in danger! 


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 non-breeding 1990 3,000 individuals A4i
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor NT non-breeding 2000 588,400 individuals A1, A4i
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus LC non-breeding 1993 23,800 individuals A4i
African Spoonbill Platalea alba LC non-breeding 1994 260 individuals A4i
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC non-breeding 1992 11,800 individuals A4i
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC breeding 1999 8,000 breeding pairs A4i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC non-breeding 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 non-breeding - 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)
2020 very high very unfavourable low
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 annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration 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 some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (commercial use) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - sewage happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution garbage & solid waste happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Transportation and service corridors flight paths happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Wetlands (inland) Saline lakes 0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Some of site covered (10-49%) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Very little or no conservation action taking place low
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IBA Protection

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
Lake Elementaita National Sanctuary 2,534 protected area overlaps with site 0
Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 32,034 protected area overlaps with site 7,200

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Savanna Bushland & thicket - evergreen -
Wetlands (inland) Saline lakes -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
tourism/recreation -
forestry -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Elmenteita. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/05/2022.