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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Backa
Central coordinates 18o 58.00' East  45o 37.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 22,617 ha
Altitude 82 - 95m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description An inundated area along the eastern bank of the Danube, forming a transboundary IBA with sites across the border in Hungary (`Béda-Karapancsa'; Hungarian site 009) and Croatia (`Alluvial wetlands of the River Danube' and `Kopacki rit'; Croatian sites 001 and 002 respectively). The site comprises extensive alluvial forest (oak Quercus, willow Salix and poplar Populus) interspersed with pools, rivers and streams, lowland forest of Quercus and ash Fraxinus, reedbeds and damp meadows (with sedge Carex and grass Glyceria) and large tracts of Populus plantation. Grazing-pasture, saltmarsh and arable fields occur in areas that remain free from flooding. The main economic activities are forestry and hunting.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding, wintering and passage waterbirds, holding 20,000 or more individuals on a regular basis during the winter.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  2000-2008  min 1,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  2000-2008  min 650 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca passage  2000-2008  min 550 individuals  B1i  Near Threatened 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  2000-2008  20-40 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra passage  2000-2008  min 450 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2000-2008  30-40 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  2000-2008  min 550 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  2000-2008  70-80 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba passage  2000-2008  min 800 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  2000-2008  min 5,200 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla resident  2000-2008  14-16 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  2000-2008  10-15 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  2007-2008  210-280 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2000-2008  min 20,000 individuals  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2000-2008  min 20,000 individuals  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gornje Podunavlje Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 22,480 protected area contained by site 22,480  
Ovcarsko-Kablarska klisura Landscape of Outstanding Qualities 2,250 protected area contained by site 2,250  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  35%
Shrubland Scrub  -
Grassland   5%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  55%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 7%
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry 70%
hunting 75%
nature conservation and research 30%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
not utilised -

Protection status National Partial International None10,000 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Park (Gornje Podunavlje, 10,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gornje Podunavlje. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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