Karavasta Lagoon This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Albania

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2000)
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Area: 22,230 ha

Protection status:

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 very high near favourable high
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Site description
It is situated between the Shkumbini River in the North and the Canal of Myzeqe and Semani River in the South. In the eastern part the complex is surrounded by Divjaka hills while the western border is composed by Adriatic sea.

Key biodiversity
Circa 250 bird species have been registered here so far and among them about 15 Globally Endangered bird species, at least 80 species of the Annex 1 of the Birds Directive and some 5 bird species exceeding the 1% threshold of the biogeographic population.
Besides, Divjaka-Karavasta is home to up to 84 thousand wintering waterbirds, 12 thousand breeding birds and many more migrating waterbirds. 

The site is important for breeding colonial waterbirds, including Pelecanus crispus

The site is also potentially very important for the globally threatened Numenius tenuirostris.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karavasta Lagoon. Downloaded from on 13/04/2021.