Neretva Delta

Country/territory: Croatia

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6 (2010)
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Area: 24,871 ha

Association BIOM
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 very high not assessed negligible
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Site description
Neretva Delta contains the largest complex of wetlands in Croatian littoral with well developed water-fringe vegetation (reedbeds, sedge communties, rush), floating and submergent vegetation around Neretva and its tributaries. The mouth of the river Neretva is characterised by wide lagoons, shallow sand bays, low coasts and saltmarshes. Reclaimed land is covered by agricultural landscape with many irrigation chanals. The area holds the most important breeding population of Bittern and Baillon’s Crake. Main threats are river canalization, drainage, agricultural intensification, changes in traditional farming, unregulated recreational activities and tourism, overfishing, excessive or illegal hunting and destruction of mud and sand flats.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Neretva Delta. Downloaded from on 31/01/2023.