|Central coordinates||19o 37.00' East 41o 47.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, B1i|
|Altitude||0 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Ornithological information The area is important for several waterbirds; winter waterbird censuses recorded 17,000 individuals in January 1995, and 9,000 individuals in January 1996.
Site description Drini delta is a complex of relatively intact coastal lakes, marshes and forests. The site is divided in two parts: Kune is the northern part of the Drini river and Ceka the southern part. The north and north-east borders of this site are formed by the Barbalush mountains, the south by the Drini river. The main habitats are brackish lagoons, sandbars and beaches, marshes, reedbeds and scattered woodland areas and pine plantations. The surrounding area is cultivated and has a large system of dykes, dams, ditches and channels.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula||winter||1996||124-431 individuals||good||B1i||Least Concern|
|Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus||passage||1992||650 individuals||good||A1, A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus||winter||1996||120-357 individuals||good||A1, A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo||passage||1992||1,100 individuals||good||B1i||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Drini Delta (4 reserves)||Natural Reserve||0||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland||15%|
|Shrubland||Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub||5%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater||-|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land||10%|
|Coastline||Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||20%|
Management considerations Harvesting of wood has destroyed a large part of the broadleaved forest and older pine plantations. Birds in parts of the area are disturbed by tourists. There has been an EU-funded project to start management planning, including a workshop.
Protection status National Partial International NoneThe IBA includes parts of four Natural Reserves, totalling 5,500 ha.
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