Karavasta Lagoon

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Karavasta Lagoon
Karavasta Lagoon, Albania ESA374612.tiff
The lagoon seen from the space.
Map showing the location of Karavasta Lagoon
Map showing the location of Karavasta Lagoon
Location Western Lowland of Albania
Nearest city Lushnje
Coordinates 40°55′26″N 19°29′40″E / 40.923913°N 19.494403°E / 40.923913; 19.494403Coordinates: 40°55′26″N 19°29′40″E / 40.923913°N 19.494403°E / 40.923913; 19.494403
Designation Lagoon

Karavasta Lagoon (Albanian: Laguna e Karavastasë) is the largest lagoon in Albania and one of the largest in the Adriatic Sea. It is separated from the Adriatic Sea by a large strip of sand. The lagoon is part of the Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. It was chosen as an area of international importance, protected by the Ramsar Convention of 29 November 1995.


Karavasta Lagoon is home to the Dalmatian pelican

The lagoon is situated in the west of Albania and near the city of Divjaka. The lagoon is cut off from the Adriatic Sea by a long sandy bar.[1] The Karavasta lagoon has a lot of pine trees and small sandy islands.[1] The lagoon is famous for the rare Dalmatian pelican which nests there: In fact 6.4% of the Europe's population of this type of pelican is found in this lagoon.[1] They build the nests in the only island of Pelican in this lagoon.

The Karavasta Lagoon is within the List of Ramsar wetlands of international importance[2] and is part of the Divjake-Karavasta National Park. Inside the park's boundary are found a number of restaurants with the most famous Divjaka Fish a restaurant in forest, well known for variety of fish, vegetable cooked .

Since disinfection campaigns have long been halted, the area is known to have a very active mosquito season. However, in 2014, disinfection campaigns have started and a park rehabilitation project has been initiated by the national authorities. It included a hunting moratorium which revived bird-watching activities.


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  1. ^ a b c "Bashkia Fier » Karavasta Lagoon". Bashkia Fier. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  2. ^ Ramsar (September 11, 2014). "The list of wetlands of international importance" (PDF) (in English and Spanish). Ramsar. p. 5. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

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