Artzan reservoir

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A freshwater lake, marshes and wet meadows 2 km north-west of Vafiohori village. The area is divided by a canal. Human activities include arable agriculture, stock-raising, and hunting.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (passage).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site is seriously threatened by construction of a large dam in the marshland which began in 1996. This will flood areas of marsh-land and wet meadows. Other threats include hunting and the expansion of agriculture. A quarry is to reopen at the southern end of the site.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Artzan reservoir. Downloaded from on 22/09/2020.