A small coastal wetland near Istiea, fed by freshwater springs and streams, with two lagoons, and riverine forest.
This is an important site for passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (6-10 passage individuals), Falco naumanni (passage).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are illegal building of holiday houses, dredging and infilling at Livari, expansion of arable land, logging of the alluvial forest, hunting, and grazing pressure. The area is a candidate SAC.
National Low International None1 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Istiaia Remnant of Swamp-forest, 1 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Megalo and Mikro Livari lagoons, Istiaia. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 26/10/2021.