Outokumpu wetlands

IBA Justification

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population at site IBA criteria triggered
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC passage 1996 101-500 individuals B1i, C2
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana LC breeding 1996 15-30 breeding pairs B3, C6
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus LC passage 1996 501-1,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Conservation

IBA conservation status - summary
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2010 very high very unfavourable medium
Was the whole site assessed? yes Condition (state) assessed by population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - type unknown/unrecorded happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

Condition of the site (state), by species
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 300 300 individuals 100 favourable
Porzana porzana Spotted Crake 15 13 breeding pairs 87 near favourable
Hydrocoloeus minutus Little Gull 500 80 individuals 16 very unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at the site (response)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other 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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Some limited conservation initiatives are in place medium
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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Ylä-Kuokkalan tervaleppäkorpi Suojeltu luontotyyppi 1 protected area contained by site 0
Sysmäjärvi Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 734 protected area overlaps with site 734
Sysmäjärven luonnonsuojelualue 3 Yksityinen luonnonsuojelualue 22 protected area contained by site 0
Sysmäjärven luonnonsuojelualue 2 Yksityinen luonnonsuojelualue 668 protected area overlaps with site 0
SÄTÖSLAHDEN LUONNONSUOJELUALUE 1 Yksityinen luonnonsuojelualue 7 protected area contained by site 0
SÄTÖSLAHDEN LUONNONSUOJELUALUE Yksityinen luonnonsuojelualue 126 protected area overlaps with site 0
Pitkälahti-Laikanlahden luonnonsuojelualue 2 Yksityinen luonnonsuojelualue 35 protected area overlaps with site 0
PITKÄLAHTI-LAIKANLAHDEN LUONNONSUOJELUALUE 1 Yksityinen luonnonsuojelualue 70 protected area overlaps with site 0
Louhisaaren lehmusmetsä Suojeltu luontotyyppi 0 protected area contained by site 0
Lake Sysmäjärvi Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 734 protected area contained by site 0
Ala-Kaasilan tervaleppäkorpi Suojeltu luontotyyppi 2 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater -
Unknown -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Outokumpu wetlands. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.