Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: B2, B3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 11,211 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 low favourable low
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Site description
Several adjacent areas of boreal forest and mire in southernmost Kuusamo. This is one of the most important areas of old-growth forest in Finland, and its value is increased by its location adjacent to large, intact forest areas in Russia. Standing and fallen dead trees and 400-500 year-old living trees are not uncommon. Aapa mires are also representative, with herb-rich slope swamps and a multitude of natural springs. Barren, natural Pinus sylvestris heaths are the most typical feature of the landscape. The IBA has remained largely natural, and current human impact is minor.

Key biodiversity
An important breeding area for boreal avifauna.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Närängänvaara-Virmajoki-Romevaara. Downloaded from on 01/12/2021.