Marmara Lake

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 6,911 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 medium near favourable low
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Site description
An irrigation reservoir averaging 3,400 ha in area (depth 3-4 m); reedbed (Phragmites) and marsh cover varies according to the water-level. Surrounded by hills to the north and north-east, with Gediz valley to the south and Akhisar valley to the north-west. Flood-plains are used for growing cotton, and cattle-grazing is widespread on the marshes.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for breeding and wintering waterbirds. Pelecanus crispus is thought to breed.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marmara Lake. Downloaded from on 18/01/2021.