A freshwater coastal lagoon with abundant emergent vegetation and several islands, and a coastal Pinus woodland. The area also includes 14,000 ha of rice cultivation.
This is a very important site for breeding and wintering waterbirds.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Pollution from agricultural, urban and industrial sources is a serious problem. Other threats include illegal drainage of rice cultivation, high levels of hunting, urban development and tourism development.
National High International High21,120 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Albufera de Valencia, 21,120 ha). 21,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Albufera de Valencia, 21,000 ha). 21,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Albufera de Valencia, 21,000 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Albufera de Valencia marshes. Downloaded from
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