The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
|Species||Current IUCN Red List Category||Season||Year(s)||Population estimate at site||IBA criteria met|
|Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca||NT||passage||1996||40 individuals||A1, C1|
|Common Teal Anas crecca||LC||winter||1996||11,000 individuals||B1i, C3|
|Great White Egret Ardea alba||LC||winter||1996||220 individuals||A4i, B1i, C2|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||LC||non-breeding||1996||abundant||A1, C1|
The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).
|Protected area (PA)||PA designation||PA area (ha)||Relationship of PA with IBA||Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)|
|Periochi Thessalikou Kampou||Special Protection Area (Birds Directive)||95,905||protected area is adjacent to site||0|
|Periochi Tamieftiron Proin Limnis Karlas||Special Protection Area (Birds Directive)||12,669||protected area contains site||6,074|
|Oros Mavrovouni||Special Protection Area (Birds Directive)||36,944||protected area is adjacent to site||114|
|Karla – Mavrovouni – Kefalovryso Velestinou – Neochori||Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive)||46,991||protected area overlaps with site||557|
|Habitat (IUCN level 1)||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Reservoirs of former lake Karla. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/reservoirs-of-former-lake-karla-iba-greece on 28/09/2023.