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Location Albania, Lezhë,Shkodër
Central coordinates 19o 37.00' East  41o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i
Area 2,188 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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.

Key Biodiversity The area is important for several waterbirds; winter waterbird censuses recorded 17,000 individuals in January 1995, and 9,000 individuals in January 1996.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 Microcarbo pygmaeus passage  1992  650 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1996  120-357 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  1992  1,100 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed medium

Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - hunting and trapping happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution domestic and urban waste water likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kune-Vain Managed Nature Reserve 2,300 protected area contains site 2,188  


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  -
Sea Open Sea  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  10%
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
forestry 15%
fisheries/aquaculture 45%
hunting 70%
nature conservation and research 20%
tourism/recreation 5%
water management -

Protection status National Partial International NoneThe IBA includes parts of four Natural Reserves, totalling 5,500 ha.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Drini Delta. Downloaded from on 28/11/2014

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