Shoshkakol Lakes

Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i (2007)
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Area: 53,460 ha

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2018 not assessed very unfavourable high
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Site description (baseline)
A system of about 15 brackish-water lakes, with degraded reedbeds, within a semi-desert landscape. The main lakes are Shoshkakol, Kumkol, Sholaukol, Korsakkol, Kogakol, Chushka, Astaukol, Ayakkol, Kamyshovoe and Bugrovoe.

Key biodiversity
245 species of birds have been recorded, including more than 100 wetland species (waterfowl, waders, gulls). Twenty-nine species are included in the Red Data Book of Kazakhstan. In July 2001, 90 species were observed.

Non-bird biodiversity: 30 species of mammals have been recorded. The lakes are important for many species of fish (for fisheries).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Shoshkakol Lakes. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.