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Location Greenland (to Denmark), North and North-east Greenland National Park
Central coordinates 13o 30.00' West  81o 15.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2
Area 51,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 300m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description A flat, gravel plain comprising polar desert and melt-water rivers, surrounded on three sides by glaciers and on the fourth by the polar sea.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding geese and gulls (Laridae).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla non-breeding  1985  625 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Brent Goose Branta bernicla breeding  1985  70 breeding pairs  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea breeding  1985  35 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2  Near Threatened 

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  
Kilen Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 51,280 protected area overlaps with site 51,300  
North-East Greenland UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 97,200,000 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Coastline   -

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 Ramsar Site (Kilen). 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: Kilen. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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