GR092
Mesolongi and Aitoliko lagoons, Acheloos delta and Evinos estuary


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU winter 1988 11,100 individuals B1i, C3
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope LC winter 1988 10,000 individuals B1i, C3
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus LC passage 1990 500-1,800 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC winter 1988 1,550 individuals B1i, C3
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus LC breeding 1990 39 breeding pairs B2, C6
Haematopus ostralegus NR resident 1990 25 breeding pairs B1i, C3
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC breeding 1990 23 breeding pairs C6
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter 1988 300 individuals B2, C6
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC resident 1990 200 breeding pairs B1i, C3
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris CR passage 2000 present A1, C1
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola LC breeding 1990 66-77 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC breeding 1990 489-500 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia LC resident 1996 10-20 breeding pairs C2
Common Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica LC breeding 1990 110 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus LC resident - common C6
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC breeding 1990 12-15 breeding pairs A1, C1
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla LC breeding 1990 1,200-1,250 breeding pairs B2, C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1998 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii, C4

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Zones prostasias tis fysis PF1, PF2, PF3 kai PF4 Ethnikou Parkou limnothalasson Mesolongiou Periochi prostasias tis fysis se ethniko parko 35,767 protected area overlaps with site 0
Zones apolytis prostasias AP1, AP2, AP3 kai AP4 Ethnikou Parkou limnothalasson Mesolongiou Periochi apolytis prostasias tis fysis se ethniko parko 306 protected area overlaps with site 0
To dasos tou Lesiniou Aitoloakarnanias Diatiriteo mnimeio tis fysis 51 protected area overlaps with site 0
Perifereiakes perioches PP1, PP2, PP3, PP4, PP5, PP6, PP7 kai Perifereiaki zoni Ethnikou Parkou Mesolongiou Periferiaki zoni Ethnikou Parkou 25,622 protected area overlaps with site 0
Oros Varasova Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,475 protected area contained by site 1,443
Oros Arakynthos Kai Stena Kleisouras Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 13,303 protected area overlaps with site 6,264
Messolonghi lagoons Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 33,687 protected area overlaps with site 31,707
Mesolongi and Aetoliko lagoons, and Acheloos and Biogenetic Reserves 0 protected area overlaps with site 43
Mesolongi and Aetoliko lagoons National Park 59,506 protected area overlaps with site 31,194
Lesini Ash Forest Natural Monument 46 protected area contained by site 51
Kantilia-Valti (Astakou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 2,420 protected area overlaps with site 1,084
Ethniko Parko limnothalasson Mesolongiou – Aitolikou, kato rou kai ekvolon Acheloou kai Evinou kai nison Echinadon Ethniko Parko 36,073 protected area overlaps with site 0
Delta Acheloou; Limnothalassa Mesolongiou - Aitolikou, Ekvoles Evinou, Nisoi Echinades, Nisos Petalas Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 35,641 protected area overlaps with site 31,421
Delta Acheloou; Limnothalassa Mesolongiou - Aitolikou Kai Ekvoles Evinou, Nisoi Echinades, Nisos Petalas, Dytikos Arakynthos Kai Stena Kleisouras Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 44,364 protected area overlaps with site 40,070
Asprolithi Dimou Mesolongiou Katafygio Agrias Zois 1,603 protected area contained by site 1,603

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches, Salt marshes, Mud flats & sand flats, Lagoons -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
tourism/recreation -
other -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mesolongi and Aitoliko lagoons, Acheloos delta and Evinos estuary. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/01/2022.