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  • Area: 
    2,300 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    53°01'N 05°45'E
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Sneekermeer / Goengarijpsterpoelen / Terkaplesterpoelen and Akmarijp. 29/08/00. Friesland. 2,300 ha. 53°01'N 005°46'E. SPA. A complex of freshwater lakes, originated from peat extraction activities, and adjoining marshlands and wet meadows. It has been designated as a Ramsar site for its importance for waterbirds - it hosts more than 1% of the respective biogeographic populations of the Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis, the White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons, and the Wigeon Anas penelope. It serves as a drain for the surrounding polders and surplus water is discharged into the Wadden Sea. Part of the water is used for irrigation. Main human uses comprise boating (ca. 1,800 boat docking places), commercial fisheries, tourism, and farming. The most significant threat posed on the site is drainage. Ramsar site no. 1250. Most recent RIS information: 2002.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Special Area of Conservation (Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC) - Sneekermeergebied
    • - Special Protection Area (Birds Directive 79/409/EEC, 2000) - Sneekermeergebied
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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