Samsam Lake

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, B1i (2004)
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Area: 4,224 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2006 low not assessed low
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Site description
A shallow freshwater lake fed mainly by surface run-off, and surrounded by grassy plains and arable land. When the water-level drops, the entire lake is gradually colonized by temporary vegetation˜in late summer it is practically dry. Human activities include cattle-grazing.

Key biodiversity
The area is also important for wintering waterbirds. No information is available on the ornithological importance of the lake prior to drainage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Samsam Lake. Downloaded from on 18/01/2021.