Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
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).

Key biodiversity
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.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
No serious threats are known at the site.

Protected areas
National None International High28,400 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Taavavuoma, 28,700 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tavvavouma. Downloaded from on 26/06/2022.