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Location Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway), Svalbard
Central coordinates 13o 50.00' East  78o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i
Area 25,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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 non-breeding  1989  3,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis breeding  1989  400 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Eider Somateria mollissima breeding  1989  300 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kapp Linné [Bird Sanctuary] Nature Reserve 189 protected area contained by site 189  
Nordenskiöld Land National Park 136,200 protected area overlaps with site 0  


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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nordenskiøldkysten. Downloaded from on 04/05/2015

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