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Location Serbia, East Serbia
Central coordinates 22o 10.00' East  44o 27.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 65,000 ha
Altitude 45 - 803m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description Situated in north-east Serbia on the border with Romania, the site covers a section of the River Danube gorge and adjacent belt of land, about 6 km in width and some 100 km in length. This is a transboundary IBA shared with Romanian site 032 `Porþile de Fier reservoir'. Human activities include boat traffic on the Danube.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1993  150-200 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1994  2-3 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1994  2-3 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Djerdap National Park 63,600 protected area contained by site 63,500  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Treeline ecotone  60%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  10%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  7%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  5%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 5%
forestry 60%
hunting 5%
nature conservation and research 95%
tourism/recreation 10%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 5%
not utilised 5%

Protection status National High International None63,500 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Ðirdap, 63,500 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Derdap gorge. Downloaded from on 20/10/2014

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