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Location Serbia, Macva
Central coordinates 19o 31.00' East  44o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2
Area 4,670 ha
Altitude 77 - 83m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description A wetland situated along the River Sava in the plains of Macva, near to the town of Sremska Mitrovica. Fed by underground aquifers and with a depth of up to 2.5 m, it supports abundant marsh vegetation˜mostly reed Phragmites. The site is surrounded by agricultural land, and remnants of forest remain (oak Quercus, ash Fraxinus, poplar Populus and willow Salix). Human activities include cattle-rearing; ecological tourism is a recent development.

Key Biodiversity Important for breeding waterbirds. Wintering species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus and Haliaeetus albicilla.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  2000-2008  20-25 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  2000-2008  20-25 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  2000-2008  min 900 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Zasavica Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,913 protected area contained by site 1,830  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  30%
Shrubland   -
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
fisheries/aquaculture 20%
forestry 20%
hunting 80%
nature conservation and research 70%
tourism/recreation 10%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Partial International None670 ha of IBA covered by Special Nature Reserve (Zasavica, 670 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Zasavica. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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