Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A high-altitude region of the Pyrenees with large areas over 3,000 m and numerous small mountain lakes and rocky areas. Lower down, there are Pinus, Abies and Fagus forests. The main human activities are forestry, livestock-farming and recreation.

Key biodiversity
Breeding birds include four of the 10 species in Europe that are restricted to the Eurasian high-montane biome (when breeding).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from abandonment of traditional alpine grazing and disturbance from the large number of tourists visiting the site.

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial23,913 ha of IBA covered by National Game Reserve (Benasque, 23,913 ha). 25,200 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Posets-Maladeta, 33,267 ha). 25,200 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Parque Posets-Maladeta, 33,267 ha.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Posets-Maladeta. Downloaded from on 26/01/2022.