Hellenic Ornithological Society, photo: Christos Toskos
GR024 Artzan marshes
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Criteria: A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Coordinates: 41o 1' N 22o 39' E (Map)
Altitude: 25-100 m
Area: 1700 ha

Site Description
A freshwater lake, marshes and wet meadows 2km north-west of Vafiohori village. The area is divided by a canal. Human activities include arable agriculture, stock-raising, and hunting.

Habitats: Artificial landscapes (Arable land), Coastline/rocky areas (Inland cliffs), Forest (Alluvial and very wet forest), Grassland (Humid grasslands), Wetland (Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation)

Land use: agriculture (90%), water management (90%)

Protection status
National None International None

This is an important site for passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (passage).

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican passage 0 - - unknown A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2

Conservation issues
The site is seriously threatened by construction of a large dam in the marshland which began in 1996. This will flood areas of marsh-land and wet meadows. Other threats include hunting and the expansion of agriculture. A quarry is to reopen at the southern end of the site.

Threats: agricultural intensification/expansion (high), burning of vegetation (unknown), construction/impact of dyke/dam/barrage (high), disturbance to birds (high), drainage (high), dredging/canalization (high), infrastructure (high), unsustainable exploitation (high)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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