Greece


13670 km
615025 km2
64

Summary/History
With borders to the east on the Aegean sea and to the west on the Ionion sea in the Mediterranean Greece possesses very extensive coastal and marine habitats which are important for numerous seabird species. BirdLife's Partner in Greece The Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) has carried out research into seabirds for 15 years and has developed the Hellenic Seabird Database containing GIS-linked population and breeding data for 6 seabird species. In 2007 HOS began the

National priorities
o Completion of marine IBA designation
o Studies on seabird ecology
o Assesment of the distribution of seabird colonies, their population size and the assessment of the distribution and activities of seabirds at sea
o Assessment of all the major threats to greek seabirds
o Strengthn continuing projects and start new ones on the interaction between birds and fisheries in Greece

Government's support/relevant policy
Relevant government ministries are currently supporting the HOS efforts for the designation of marine IBAs. Once the marine IBA inventory is produced by HOS it will be evaluated by the Ministry for Environment as possible components of the Natura 2000 network. In 2009 HOS contributed to the production of an assessment study for designating new and updating existing SPAS. Also in 2009 HOS and partners submitted a new LIFE+ application to expand and detail the marine IBAs in the Northern Cyclades archipelago named Please see policy tab for list of agreements that this country is party to.




Albatrosses
0
Penguins
0
Petrels and shearwaters
2
Cormorants
2

Storm-petrels
1
Auks
0
Gulls and terns
18
Ducks, geese and swans
6


IUCN Red List Status

0
0
4 (66th)
11% (89th)
0
0
4
0
34
0

The numbers in brackets refer to the country's rank when compared to other countries and territories globally.

References
o Web site: http://www.ornithologiki.gr/en/seabirds/index.php

Greece at a glance

Capital

Athens

Area

131,957 km2

BirdLife Partner

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Species

Total number of birds 346
Globally threatened birds 17
Country endemics 0

Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas

Number of IBAs 204
Total IBA area 4,395,901 ha

Endemic Bird Areas

Number of EBAs 0



Recommended Citation
BirdLife International (2019) Country profile: Greece. Available from http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/country/greece. Checked: 2019-10-21