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
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 Areas factsheet: Lake Kinneret and Kinerot. Downloaded from on 04/02/2023.