Lake Kinneret and Kinerot

Country/territory: Israel

IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2 (1994)
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Area: 32,800 ha

Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel

Site description (1994 baseline)
Lake Kinneret (16,500 ha) is the largest and only natural freshwater lake in Israel. It is 209 m below sea-level.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. The lake holds many wintering waterbirds, and was listed as a wetland of international importance by Carp (1980). The surrounding hills, particularly to the north (e.g. Nahal Amud), hold good numbers of landbirds, including Anthus similis.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by S. Blitzblau, reviewed by R. Frumkin.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Kinneret and Kinerot. Downloaded from on 02/12/2023.