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Location Albania, Durresi
Central coordinates 19o 30.00' East  41o 18.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 800 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description A coastal area north of the town of Durresi, including mainly sea inlets and coastal features important for wintering ducks, and a sandy shore with a few small brackish lagoons. The site also includes the outlet of the Erzeni river. The main land-uses are agriculture, grazing, hunting, and fishing.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for wintering and migratory waterbirds, with 10,000 individuals recorded in January 1996.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope winter  1996  643-5,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  10%
Shrubland   10%
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  40%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  30%
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
fisheries/aquaculture 10%
hunting 80%
forestry 30%
military 10%
tourism/recreation 10%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lalzi Bay. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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