KZ018
North-western cliff faces of the Ustyurt Plateau


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2006

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca VU breeding 2004-2006 17 breeding pairs A1
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug EN breeding 2003-2006 120 breeding pairs A1, A4ii

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)
2014 high favourable medium
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) - nomadic grazing happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - motivation unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - intentional use: large scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather temperature extremes happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Artificial/Terrestrial Other urban & industrial areas 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Desert Desert & semi-desert - clay 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Desert Desert & semi-desert - salty 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Desert Desert & semi-desert - sandy 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Desert Desert & semi-desert - stony 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Forest Wooded desert & semi-desert 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Shrubland Low bushes 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Shrubland Scrub 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish & salt water 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Wetlands (inland) Temporary water bodies 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Wetlands (inland) Water-fringe vegetation 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Tachymarptis melba Alpine Swift 1 3 individuals 100 favourable
Oenanthe oenanthe Northern Wheatear 1 2 individuals 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Some limited conservation initiatives are in place medium
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Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub, Low bushes -
Desert Desert & semi-desert - clay, Desert & semi-desert - salty, Desert & semi-desert - stony, Desert & semi-desert - sandy -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams, Standing brackish & salt water, Temporary water bodies, Water-fringe vegetation -
Forest Wooded desert & semi-desert -
Artificial/Terrestrial Other urban & industrial areas -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
energy production and mining -
not utilised -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: North-western cliff faces of the Ustyurt Plateau. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2022.