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Location Albania, Vlorë
Central coordinates 19o 40.00' East  40o 10.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 35,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 2,018m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description This site includes Vlora Bay, Karaburun peninsula, Orikumi lagoon, Sazan island and Cika mountain. Vlora Bay includes the sea gulf of Vlora and part of the coastal area with rocky shores and cliffs, sandy beaches and a small lagoon (Orikumi). Karaburun peninsula and Sazan island are rocky areas with scattered Mediterranean scrub, and are military areas. Cika mountain (previously Llogara IBA AL010) is a mountain area with forests of Pinus austriaca and flora typical of calcareous soil.

Key Biodiversity This site is believed to be important for breeding raptors. Neophron percnopterus, Circaetus gallicus, Aquila chrysaetos and Hieraaetus fasciatus were observed in 1991 and 1996, but breeding numbers are unknown.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1989  4 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  20%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  35%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  5%
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic)   -
Sea Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features  40%
Coastline Lagoons; Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Urban parks and gardens  5%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 20%
agriculture 5%
hunting 30%
nature conservation and research 5%
tourism/recreation 5%
military 35%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vlora Bay, Karaburun Peninsula and Cika mountain. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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