A mosaic of marshes, watercourses, lakes and pools lying in a depression on one of the most northerly Lapland plateaus. The IBA forms part of the River Lainio's catchment, and the only land-use is reindeer Rangifer tarandus herding (`Other' land-use).
Important for breeding waterbirds, raptors and waders. Breeding birds include 11 out of the 32 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Arctic/tundra biome. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tavvavouma. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/10/2021.