Latorica Protected Landscape Area

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Latorica Protected Landscape Area
CHKO Latorica
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Location South-eastern Slovakia, Eastern Slovak Lowland
Coordinates 48°30′N 21°55′E / 48.500°N 21.917°E / 48.500; 21.917Coordinates: 48°30′N 21°55′E / 48.500°N 21.917°E / 48.500; 21.917
Area 231.98 km² (89.6 mi²)
Established 25 June 1990
Governing body Správa CHKO Latorica (CHKO Latorica Administration) in Trebišov

Latorica Protected Landscape Area (Slovak: Chránená krajinná oblasť Latorica) is the second lowland protected landscape area in Slovakia. It is located in the south-eastern Slovakia, in the Trebišov and Michalovce districts.

Geography, geology and ecology[edit]

The park is located around the Slovak part of Latorica river and around lower part of Ondava and Laborec rivers. The landscape area consists of the system of riverbeds and arms, surrounded by alluvial forest and wetlands. The most noticeable phenomenon of the PLA is the rare water and swamp biocenose, unique in Slovakia.

Due to the location and character of this PLA, the area is used by waterfowl, not only for nesting, but also, in the case of migratory birds, for short rests.

A part of river's watershed ("Ramsar site No. 606", 44.05 km²) was added to the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance since 1993.

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