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GR042 Aliakmon gorge
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Criteria: B2
Coordinates: 40o 27' N 22o 10' E (Map)
Altitude: 100-600 m
Area: 4400 ha

Site Description
The site encompasses the lower Aliakmon valley close to Veria. The area is dominated by scrub and forest but also includes an artificial lake.

Habitats: Coastline/rocky areas (10%, Inland cliffs), Forest (30%, Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland), Shrubland (50%, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis), Wetland (10%, Standing freshwater)

Land use: forestry (30%), not utilised (30%), tourism/recreation (20%), urban/industrial/transport (5%), water management (20%)

Protection status
National None International None

This is an important area for resident raptors.

Species Season Year Min Max Acc Criteria
Emberiza cia Rock Bunting resident 1995 Frequent unknown B2

Conservation issues
The main threats are a planned road through the site, dam projects and more intensive use of the forests. Part of the area is a candidate SAC.

Threats: construction/impact of dyke/dam/barrage (medium), deforestation (commercial) (medium), forest grazing (low), industrialization/urbanization (medium), infrastructure (high), intensified forest management (medium), recreation/tourism (low), unsustainable exploitation (low)

Source: Important Areas for the Birds of Greece
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