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GR193 North-eastern edge of Crete
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Criteria: A1, A4ii, B1iii, B2, C1, C2
Coordinates: 35o 14' N 26o 14' E (Map)
Altitude: 0-215 m
Area: 7500 ha

Site Description
The site includes part of the north-eastern coastline of Crete and the island of Elasa. The area is dominated by phrygana and maquis scrub with some olive-groves and vineyards.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (20%, Perennial crops, orchards and groves), Coastline/rocky areas (5%, Sea cliffs and rocky shores), Shrubland (80%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis)

Land use: agriculture (70%), military (5%), tourism/recreation (20%)

Protection status
National Low International Low
20 ha of IBA covered by Aesthetic Forest (Vai, 20 ha).
3883 ha of the IBA are covered by Special Protection Area (SPA) VOREIOANATOLIKO AKRO KRITIS(GR4320009).

This is an important site for species associated with coastal cliffs and scrub and for passage migrants.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel passage 0 Common unknown A1, C1
Falco eleonorae Eleonora's Falcon breeding 1982 40 60 good A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2

Conservation issues
The main threats are from agricultural intensification and hunting. The area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (high), recreation/tourism (low), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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