Retezat Mountains

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A mountainous area in the south-eastern Carpathians supporting a diversity of habitat-types. Fagus and Abies forests predominate with dwarf Pinus scrub at the treeline and alpine pastures above that.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for species associated with open alpine habitats and extensive montane Fagus and coniferous forests.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
No serious threats are known at the site. The World Bank (GEF) began sponsoring a programme of research and management in 1999; a management plan exists for the site.

Protected areas
National High International High54,400 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Retezat, 54,400 ha). 54,400 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Retezat National Park, 54,400 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Retezat Mountains. Downloaded from on 19/01/2022.