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Location Greece, Central Macedonia
Central coordinates 22o 39.00' East  41o 1.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Area 1,700 ha
Altitude 25 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A freshwater lake, marshes and wet meadows 2 km north-west of Vafiohori village. The area is divided by a canal. Human activities include arable agriculture, stock-raising, and hunting.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus passage  50 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
water management 90%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Artzan marshes. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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