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Location Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway), Svalbard
Central coordinates 13o 48.25' East  77o 51.02' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B3
Area 38,440 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2014

Site description A large, flat area, some parts with rich grassy vegetation, and with many freshwater pools.

Key Biodiversity One of the six most important breeding sites for Phalaropus fulicarius in Svalbard.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis breeding  2000-2007  4,000 mature individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis breeding  2007  711 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis non-breeding  2005-2014  abundant  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kapp Linne Seabird Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 189  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Low International None189 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Kapp Linné [Bird Sanctuary], 189 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Nordenskiöldkysten. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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