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Location Albania, Vlorë
Central coordinates 19o 23.00' East  40o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 4,180 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Narta is one of the largest and most important coastal wetlands of Albania. The site comprises a large, shallow and brackish lake (Lake Nartes) and a number of coastal lagoons between the Vjose river delta and the city of Vlore. Large parts of the area have been converted into agricultural land or saltpans. The lake surface decreases by 30% (especially when the connection with the sea is blocked) during the summer and large mudflats are exposed which support saltmarsh. Coastal habitats include dunes, beaches and rocky shores, with Pinus pinea and Pinus halepensis. Surrounding habitats consist of olive-groves, pine plantations and scattered poplar plantations. The site includes the small Pishe Poro lagoon (former (1989) IBA AL011). Previously, the Narta lagoon IBA also included the Karaburun peninsula and Sazan island, but these are now included in site 010.

Key Biodiversity An important site for wintering and migratory waterfowl, especially Pelecanus crispus; 19,663 waterfowl were counted in January 1996, and 81,223 individuals counted in 1997. No waterbird breeding colonies seem to occur around the lagoon (1996). It is considered as a potentially very favourable site for the globally threatened Numenius tenuirostris.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope winter  1997  22,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula winter  1996  188-382 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala winter  1993  4 individuals  good  A1  Endangered 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  1996  8-28 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Common Coot Fulica atra winter  1997  30,256 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands  20%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  3%
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  2%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Ruderal land  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 40%
forestry 10%
hunting 100%
military 5%
tourism/recreation 5%
water management 20%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Narta Lagoon. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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