Tufa cascades of karstic rivers of the Dinaric Alps

Description (English)

Tufa barrages forming large vegetated barriers across rivers in karstic regions of the Dinaric Alps, with well known examples in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. The vegetation is rich in algae, bryophytes and ferns (Eucladio-Adiantetum) and tufa is being actively deposited.

Source: Interpretation Manual of European Union Habitats, version EUR 28 (2013)

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 32A0)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Poor
Continental - Poor
Mediterranean - Poor
Habitat type Not priority
Natura 2000 sites 10 are designated for this habitat type


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Conservation status

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Good: A habitat is in a situation where it is prospering and with good prospects to do so in the future as well
Poor: A habitat is in a situation where a change in management or policy is required to return the habitat to favourable status but there is no danger of disappearance in the foreseeable future
Bad: A habitat is in serious danger of disappearing (at least regionally)
Unknown: The information available for the habitat type is scarce and does not allow a proper assessment of its conservation status
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Species mentioned in habitat description

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Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
HR2000593 Croatia Mrežnica - Tounjčica Map
HR2000596 Croatia Slunjčica Map
HR2000641 Croatia Zrmanja Map
HR2000874 Croatia Krupa Map
HR2000917 Croatia Krčić Map
HR2000918 Croatia Šire područje NP Krka Map
HR2001069 Croatia Kanjon Une Map
HR2001504 Croatia Gornji tok Korane Map
HR2001505 Croatia Korana nizvodno od Slunja Map
HR5000020 Croatia Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera Map

Protected sites

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Relation to habitat classifications

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Other resources

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