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General Information

Description Sakata is actually four lakes of varying salinity surrounded by sand dunes.
Country Japan
Latitude 37° 49' 0" (37.8167)
Longitude 138° 53' 0" (138.8833)

Physical Characteristics

Type Fresh


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Description The Sakata Natural Environment Protection/Management Plan.
Watershed Action Plan Implementation underway
Issues Groundwater is being pumped out unsustainably for agricultural irrigation.
Other Issues Lake Levels (water quantity)
Nutrient pollution

Biodiversity Conservation

Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Ramsar Site Name Sakata
Ramsar Designations 3, 5, 6
Species of Concern



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
Sakata Ramsar Fact Sheet
Sakata, an Anatidae Network Site

Additional Data Sources

Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The List of Wetlands of International Importance.

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