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Location Greece, Thessalia
Central coordinates 22o 42.00' East  39o 32.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2, C3
Area 1,200 ha
Altitude 40 - 60m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A complex of seven shallow artificial lakes constructed at the bottom of the former Lake Karla.

Key Biodiversity A site of great importance for migratory and overwintering waterbirds and foraging raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (wintering), Aquila clanga (wintering), Gallinago media (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Teal Anas crecca winter  1996  11,000 individuals  medium  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca passage  1996  40 individuals  medium  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1996  220 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni non-breeding  1996  abundant  A1, C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
KARLA - MAVROVOUNI - KEFALOVRYSO VELESTINOU - NEOCHORI - GR1420004 Habitats Directive 43,436 protected area overlaps with site 557  
OROS MAVROVOUNI - GR1420006 Birds Directive 37,127 protected area overlaps with site 114  
PERIOCHI TAMIEFTIRON PROIN LIMNIS KARLAS - GR1430007 Birds Directive 12,416 protected area overlaps with site 6,074  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
tourism/recreation -
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Reservoirs of former Lake Karla. Downloaded from on 19/04/2015

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