Akamas and Agia Aikaterini – Agia Paraskevi Gorges This is an IBA in danger! 

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2012

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Chukar Alectoris chukar LC breeding 2005-2011 1,500-2,500 breeding pairs B2
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus LC breeding 2005-2011 250-1,000 breeding pairs B2
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus LC breeding 2005-2011 150-250 breeding pairs C6
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo LC passage 2005-2011 100-500 individuals B1i, C3
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus LC passage 2005-2011 300-1,000 individuals B1i, C2
Egretta garzetta NR passage 2005-2011 500-1,000 individuals B1i, C2
Little Owl Athene noctua LC breeding 2005-2011 400-700 breeding pairs B2
Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops LC breeding 2005-2011 300-700 breeding pairs B2
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata LC breeding 2005-2011 1-3 breeding pairs B2, C6
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 2005-2011 80-300 breeding pairs A1, B2, C1, C6
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC passage 2005-2011 200-800 individuals A1, C1
Falco peregrinus NR breeding 2005-2011 6-8 breeding pairs C6
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus LC breeding 2005-2011 100-200 breeding pairs A3, B2
Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax LC breeding 2005-2011 500-1,000 breeding pairs A3, B3
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala LC breeding 2005-2011 5,000-10,000 breeding pairs A3
Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca LC breeding 2005-2011 1,000-1,500 breeding pairs A3, B3
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala LC breeding 2005-2011 400-900 breeding pairs A3, B2
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia LC breeding 2005-2011 400-1,000 breeding pairs A3, B3, C6

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 Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 very high not assessed negligible
Was the whole site covered? No State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
ZONI EIDIKIS PROSTASIAS CHERSONISOS AKAMA CY4000023 Birds Directive 18,082 protected area overlaps with site 10,176
Periochi Skoulli Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 100 protected area overlaps with site 48
Farangia Agias Aikaterinis - Agias Paraskevis Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 70 protected area contained by site 1,203
CHERSONISOS AKAMA CY4000023 Habitats Directive 17,917 protected area overlaps with site 10,008


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland -
Shrubland Scrub, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Grassland -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Arable land, Other urban and industrial areas -
Rocky areas -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
military -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
forestry -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Akamas and Agia Aikaterini – Agia Paraskevi Gorges. Downloaded from on 16/02/2019.