Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: A3, B2, B3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 13,904 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 medium very unfavourable negligible
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Site description
A diverse complex of aapa mires and boreal forests with numerous lakes and ponds, located south of the lower course of the Kemi river. The forests are typically 150 years old and Pinus-sylvestris-dominated, with scattered very large aspens Populus tremula.

Key biodiversity
An important area for boreal avifauna. Breeding birds include 11 out of the 15 species in Europe that are restricted to the boreal biome (when breeding).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Runkaus-Saariaapa-Tainijärvet. Downloaded from on 08/12/2021.