Koitelainen Mires

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Koitelainen Mires

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    48,938 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    67°47'N 27°10'E
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Koitelainen Mires. 28/05/74; Lapland; 48,938 ha [extended from 38,840 ha]; 67°46'N 027°10'E. Natura 2000 SPA and SCI, Old-Growth Forests Protected Area. One of the most representative aapa mire areas in Central Lapland, an important conservation area for fauna and flora species because of the untouched wilderness and the extremely watery bogs. Extremely wet flark fens and minerotrophic birch-rich aapa mires are typical of the area. Herb- and grass-rich spruce mires and growths of willows occur along the brooks. The area is important for numerous species of breeding waterbirds and waders, some of which are rare, such as Peregrine Falcon, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle and Red-throated Diver. Reindeer husbandry is an important livelihood in the area, but is in danger of overgrazing, and hunting may have negative effects on the site, which is quite untouched from visitors and without any facilities. Ore open-mining operations are planned nearby to begin in 2007. Extended from 38,840 ha in February 2004. Ramsar site no. 12. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Old Growth Forests Protected Area
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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