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GR186 Geropotamos estuary
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Criteria: A4i, B1i, C2
Coordinates: 35o 3' N 24o 46' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-5 m
Area: 450 ha

Site Description
A river delta on Crete with a mix of grassland, sand-dunes and scrub.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (10%, Other urban and industrial areas), Grassland (40%, Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland), Sea/marine area (5%, Sea inlets and coastal features), Wetland (45%, Rivers and streams; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters; Water fringe vegetation)

Land use: agriculture (70%), urban/industrial/transport (10%)

Protection status
National None International None
687 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) EKVOLI GEROPOTAMOU MESSARAS(GR4310012).

The site is important for passage waterbirds.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Plegadis falcinellus Glossy Ibis passage 1994 300 - unknown A4i, B1i, C2

Conservation issues
The main threats are from tourism, housing developments and hunting. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: aquaculture/fisheries (unknown), industrialization/urbanization (medium), infrastructure (medium), recreation/tourism (high), unsustainable exploitation (medium)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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