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Location Croatia
Central coordinates 18o 45.52' East  45o 40.29' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 66,609 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Association BIOM (Affiliate)

Site description The lowland area of Dunav and Drava rivers alluvium. The prevailing habitats are rivers, wetlands and riverine forests (mostly oak, willow and poplar). The largest wetlands are Kopacki rit and fishponds Podunavlje and Donji Miholjac, while rivers are surrounded with oxbows, ponds and smaller river flows. Important river habitats include sandbanks, sand-bars and islands and vertical, eroded, bare riverbanks. Steppe and wet pastures are scarce and revitalisation is proposed. The area is an important breeding site for herons and egrets, White-tailed Eagle and Ferruginous Duck, a wintering site for many waterbirds and stopover site for Spoonbills. This area regularly supports more than 20.000 waterbirds during migration and wintering period. Main threats are river canalization, drainage, possible loss of carp fishponds due to abandonment of fish production, water pollution, intensified forest management, agricultural intensification, excessive or illegal hunting and unregulated recreational activities and tourism.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  260-270 breeding pairs  A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed medium

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Danube and Drava rivers' lowland areas. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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