|Location||Greece, Central Macedonia|
|Central coordinates||22o 39.00' East 41o 1.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2|
|Altitude||25 - 100m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Ornithological information This is an important site for passage and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (passage).
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.
|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||-|
|Wetlands (inland)||Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||-|
|Rocky areas||Inland cliffs||-|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations The site is seriously threatened by construction of a large dam in the marshland which began in 1996. This will flood areas of marsh-land and wet meadows. Other threats include hunting and the expansion of agriculture. A quarry is to reopen at the southern end of the site.
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Artzan marshes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/05/2013
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