Kazakhstan study helps to identify wealth of new IBAs
Identifying Important Bird Areas (IBAs), and ensuring their long-term protection, cannot be achieved without detailed information of the bird populations occurring within them. This was highlighted by a study published this month in BirdLife’s journal Bird Conservation International. The authors produced new data from Kazakhstan highlighting the importance of land surrounding the protected Korgalzhynskiy nature reserve. This new information has been used to include the wider area in a new inventory of IBAs in Central Asia, which identifies 124 IBAs covering more than 16,000,000 ha in Kazakhstan alone.
The study took place in and around the protected Korgalzhynskiy reserve. It is a vast area of mosaic wetland and grassland located in the Tengiz-Korgalzhyn region of Central Kazakhstan. The study discovered that more than 40% of the entire flyway populations of Endangered White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala and Vulnerable Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus occurred within this exceptional region for birds.
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