Koufonisi island, Crete

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A small island and adjacent islets off south-eastern Crete. Dry grassland is the dominant vegetation cover. Human activities include fishing and tourism, although there are no permanent inhabitants on the island.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding raptors associated with coastal areas and seabirds.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from increasing tourism and more intensive fishing. The area is a candidate SAC.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Koufonisi island, Crete. Downloaded from on 24/01/2020.