Outokumpu and Kaavi oligotrophic lakes

Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: B2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 14,665 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 low unfavourable negligible
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Site description
A very large complex of lakes on the border of North Carelia and North Savo districts. The site includes extensive areas of open water, small islands with primary forests, undisturbed bays, and cliffs. The lakes are poor in nutrients (oligotrophic), clear-watered with sparse vegetation, and are mostly bordered by forest. Human activities are common all over the lakes, since outside the site boundaries are large areas of summer-only and all-year-round habitation.

Key biodiversity
The site holds the most significant Gavia arctica population in Finland. It is also a nationally important breeding area for Falco subbuteo (15-25 pairs) and Larus fuscus fuscus (55-80 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Outokumpu and Kaavi oligotrophic lakes. Downloaded from on 06/07/2022.