Sapanca Lake

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4ii, A4iii, B1i (2004)
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Area: 7,091 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 medium favourable low
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Site description
A freshwater lake (max. depth 61 m) formerly connected to the Sea of Marmara and fed by the Sakarya river. Arable land, fruit orchards and extensive Populus plantations surround the lake. Narrow reedbeds (Phragmites) fringe most of its shores; only at the eastern end does substantial marsh vegetation occur. Lake water is abstracted for industrial use.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for wintering wildfowl.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2018) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sapanca Lake. Downloaded from on 21/10/2018.