|Location||Greece, East Macedonia and Thrace|
|Central coordinates||24o 32.00' East 41o 27.00' North|
|IBA criteria||B2, B3, C6|
|Altitude||500 - 2,000m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description An extensive area of forest between the River Nestos and the border with Bulgaria. The site includes the primary Fagus and Pinus forest of Paranestion. Human activities include forestry, stock-raising, and hunting.
Key Biodiversity The site is important for species associated with upland forests.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius||resident||1989||frequent||-||C6||Least Concern|
|Picus viridis||resident||1989||common||-||B2||Not Recognised|
|Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli||breeding||1992||frequent||-||B3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Aetorahis/Paranestiou||Game Refuge||3,900||protected area overlaps with site||3,900|
|Central Rodopi virgin forest||Biogenetic Reserves||550||protected area contained by site||550|
|D. Symplegma Kentaurou-Pahnis/Mykis, Ehinou, Kotil||Game Refuge||4,000||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|Dasiko Symplegma Kariofytou||Game Refuge||2,200||protected area overlaps with site||2,200|
|DASOS FRAKTOU - GR1140001||Habitats Directive||1,090||protected area contained by site||1,090|
|Geraka - Oraiou/Stavroupolis||Game Refuge||3,270||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|OROS CHAINTOU - KOULA KAI GYRO KORYFES - GR1120003||Habitats Directive||3,492||protected area is adjacent to site||0|
|PARTHENO DASOS KENTRIKIS RODOPIS - GR1140007||Birds Directive||0||protected area overlaps with site||570|
|Parthenou Dasous Paranesti--Sellis||Game Refuge||5,312||protected area contained by site||5,312|
|PERIOCHI ELATIA, PYRAMIS KOUTRA - GR1140003||Habitats Directive||7,447||protected area contained by site||7,447|
|RODOPI (SIMYDA) - GR1140002||Habitats Directive||6,715||protected area contained by site||6,715|
|Tsanaktere/Kariofytou||Game Refuge||903||protected area overlaps with site||903|
|Virgin Forest of Central Rodopi||Natural Monument||550||protected area overlaps with site||550|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland||-|
|Grassland||Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National Partial International Low3,900 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Aetorahis/Paranestiou, 3,900 ha). 2,200 ha of IBA covered by Dasiko Symplegma Kariofytou, 2,200 ha). 903 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Tsanaktere/Kariofytou, 903 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (D. Symplegma Kentaurou-Pahnis/Mykis, Ehinou, Kotil, 4,000 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge, Geraka-Oraiou/Stavroupolis, 3,270 ha). 5,312 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Parthenou Dasous, Paranesti-Sellis, 5,312 ha). 550 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Virgin Forest of Central Rodopi, 550 ha). 550 ha of IBA covered by Biogenetic Reserve (Council of Europe) (Partheno Dasos Kentrikis Rodopis, 550 ha). 569 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Partheno Dasos Kentrikis Rodopis, 569 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central Rodopi mountains and Nestos valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/05/2015
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