Northeast Svalbard Nature Reserve

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2014

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Common Eider Somateria mollissima NT breeding 1994-2009 1,900 mature individuals A3, B1i, B3
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini LC breeding 2007-2009 10-13 mature individuals A3
Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea NT breeding 1990-2010 100-1,000 breeding pairs A1, A3, A4i, B1i, B2
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla VU breeding 1978-2010 63,000 mature individuals B1i
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea LC breeding 1990-2010 7,030 mature individuals A3
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle LC breeding 1979-2010 3,500 mature individuals A4ii, B1ii, B2
Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia LC breeding 2007-2009 140,000 mature individuals A4ii, B1ii, B2
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 1978-2010 215,000 mature individuals A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Svalbard East Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 5,546,700 protected area overlaps with site 0
Søraust-Svalbard naturreservat Naturreservater (Svalbard) 628,744 protected area is adjacent to site 0
North-east Svalbard Nature Reserve UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1,555,000 protected area contained by site 1,555,000
Nordaust-Svalbard naturreservat Naturreservater (Svalbard) 1,866,176 protected area contained by site 5,535,431


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater -
Sea Open Sea, Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores, Rock stacks and islets -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Northeast Svalbard Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 01/04/2023.