A large wetland complex in eastern Estonia, comprising lakes, rivers, fens, transition mires, bogs, forest and flood-plain meadows. Major land-uses are fishing and forestry.
The area supports a good diversity of breeding waterbirds, including several species of global conservation concern, and is an important staging area for migratory wildfowl. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (min. 10 pairs), Gallinago media (10 pairs). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Porzana porzana (min. 75 pairs), Grus grus (min. 10 pairs).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mouth of the Emajõgi river and Piirissaar island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/04/2020.