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Location Greenland (to Denmark), North and North-east Greenland National Park
Central coordinates 19o 20.00' West  76o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B1i, B2
Area 35,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 300m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description A 5-10 km wide expanse of gravel moraines and uplifted former sea floor, separating the large fjord-like Lake Saelsøen from Dove Bay. The area is crossed by several rivers, notably Lakseelven, and there are numerous small lakes and ponds with narrow fringes of vegetation. Arctic tundra grows on the slopes rising up towards the hinterland. This site includes `Hvalrosodden-Slamodden, Germania Land' (former site GL007), which was treated as a separate IBA in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key Biodiversity This site also holds moulting Anser brachyrhynchus (1,500 individuals, 1989). Breeding birds include 8 of the 32 species that are restricted in Europe to the Arctic/tundra biome (when breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis non-breeding  1989  350 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis breeding  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis breeding  1989  common  A3  Vulnerable 
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus breeding  1989  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus breeding  1989  common  A3  Near Threatened 
Sanderling Calidris alba breeding  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius breeding  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus breeding  1989  common  A3  Least Concern 
Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus breeding  1989  uncommon  A3, B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Greenland National Park 97,200,000 protected area overlaps with site 0  
North-East Greenland UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 97,200,000 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

Protection status National Partial International PartialIBA overlaps with National Park (North and North-east Greenland). IBA overlaps with Biosphere Reserve (North and North-east Greenland National Park).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: South coast of Germania Land, and Slaedelandet. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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