Country/territory: Finland

IBA Criteria met: B2, B3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 12,061 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 low near favourable medium
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Site description
A large boreal area located east of Pielinen lake and adjacent to the Russian border. Ruunaa lake lies in the heart of the area and divides the site in two: to the east is a conservation and wilderness area, whilst to the west more recreational activities such as boating and fishing take place. There are many lakes within the site and a spectacular network of rivers and streams. Most of the land is covered by stands of dry Pinus sylvestris heath and numerous small bogs.

Key biodiversity
An important breeding area for boreal birds including Tetrao urogallus (100-500 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ruunaa. Downloaded from on 01/02/2023.