Drini Delta

Country/territory: Albania

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i (2000)
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Area: 2,188 ha

Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed high medium
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Site description (2000 baseline)
Drini delta is a complex of relatively intact coastal lakes, marshes and forests. The site is divided in two parts: Kune is the northern part of the Drini river and Ceka the southern part. The north and north-east borders of this site are formed by the Barbalush mountains, the south by the Drini river. The main habitats are brackish lagoons, sandbars and beaches, marshes, reedbeds and scattered woodland areas and pine plantations. The surrounding area is cultivated and has a large system of dykes, dams, ditches and channels.

Key biodiversity
The area is important for several waterbirds; winter waterbird censuses recorded 17,000 individuals in January 1995, and 9,000 individuals in January 1996.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Drini Delta. Downloaded from on 01/03/2024.