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Location Croatia
Central coordinates 13o 44.48' East  44o 55.07' North
IBA criteria B1i, C2, C6
Area 256,276 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Association BIOM (Affiliate)



Site description The area comprises large North Adriatic islands (Cres, Krk and Rab) and surrounding smaller islands. Numerous cliffs are the last nesting area of Griffon Vultures in Croatia and important nesting area for other birds (birds of prey, Shags). Important habitat for vultures and raptors are extensive open and mixed landscapes (dry grasslands). The area includes several types of Mediterranean forests and scrubs. It is an important area for wintering Sandwich Tern. Main threats are changes in traditional farming, excessive or illegal hunting, unregulated recreational activities and tourism, unregulated construction on the coast and overfishing.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  350 breeding pairs  B1i, C2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed low
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Unknown

Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - persecution/control happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Some of site covered (10-49%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kvarner Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/11/2014

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