A mountainous area including the gorge of the Selinous river. The lower slopes are covered with Pinus forests and maquis. At high altitudes Abies forest and subalpine grasslands dominate. Human activities include forestry, stock-raising, and hunting.
This is an important area for breeding raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (5 breeding pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats include road construction, illegal logging, pollution of the river (`Other' threats), and illegal hunting. A LIFE-funded project is producing a management plan. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.
National None International High10,762 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Zoumpata-Agios Charalampos-Marmpas-Klokos, 10,762 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Barbas and Klokos mountains and Selinountas gorge. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 20/08/2022.