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Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code GR4330004)
  • Under Habitats Directive
  • Since April 1997
  • Country: Greece
  • Administrative region: Kriti (GR43)
  • Surface area: 131 km2 (13130.11 ha)
  • Marine area: 25%
  • Located in Mediterranean and Marine Mediterranean biogeographical regions
  • It protects 3 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 23 habitat types of the Habitats Directive

Source and more information: Natura 2000 Standard Data Form



Species summary

Nature directives' species in this site (3)
Species group Number
Flowering Plants 1
Reptiles 2

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
1110 Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time 13.1214
1120 Posidonia beds (Posidonion oceanicae) 280.798
1170 Reefs 7.87285
1210 Annual vegetation of drift lines 0.045455
1240 Vegetated sea cliffs of the Mediterranean coasts with endemic Limonium spp 12.8237
2110 Embryonic shifting dunes 32.3819
2230 Malcolmietalia dune grasslands 0.2506
2260 Cisto-Lavenduletalia dune sclerophyllous scrubs 1.33177
3250 Constantly flowing Mediterranean rivers with Glaucium flavum 0.284097
3280 Constantly flowing Mediterranean rivers with Paspalo-Agrostidion species and hanging curtains of Salix and Populus alba 0.154865
5330 Thermo-Mediterranean and pre-desert scrub 5.73938
5420 Sarcopoterium spinosum phryganas 4665.32
5430 Endemic phryganas of the Euphorbio-Verbascion 168.38
6220 Pseudo-steppe with grasses and annuals of the Thero-Brachypodietea 0.949809
6420 Mediterranean tall humid grasslands of the Molinio-Holoschoenion 1.15142
7210 Calcareous fens with Cladium mariscus and species of the Caricion davallianae 0.509289
7230 Alkaline fens 0
8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 83.0004
92C0 Platanus orientalis and Liquidambar orientalis woods (Platanion orientalis) 227.312
92D0 Southern riparian galleries and thickets (Nerio-Tamaricetea and Securinegion tinctoriae) 0.766779
9310 Aegean Quercus brachyphylla woods 27.7961
9320 Olea and Ceratonia forests 24.403
9340 Quercus ilex and Quercus rotundifolia forests 1155.92

Designation information

NATURA 2000 is the ecological network for the conservation of wild animals and plant species and natural habitats of Community importance within the Union. It consists of sites classified under the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive (the Nature Directives).

NATURA 2000 site under

Birds Directive 2009/147/EC (SPA) Not under Birds directive
Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC (SCI) Under Habitats directive
  • Date proposed as Site of Community Importance (SCI)
April 1997
  • Date confirmed as Site of Community Importance
September 2006
Date designated as Special Area of Conservation (SAC) March 2011
Date of Standard data form update July 2020

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Data download The Natura 2000 dataset is available from the European Environment Agency website
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