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Matsalu National Park

Award date: 28.05.03
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Matsalu National Park

The Matsalu Nature Reserve - the first applicant from Estonia - is an example of an area with a high variety of habitats and one of the richest in Europe in terms of species, in particular with regard to birds.

Situated in the west of Estonia, it is a wetland of international importance already recognised under the Ramsar Convention.

Its great environmental value comes from its climate, its geological formations and its geographical position along migration routes. The wide variety of habitats found in the reserve – brackish waters, coastal meadows, reedy marshes, woodlands - account for the many different species found there (260 nesting bird species, 47 species of mammal). Thousands of cranes and swans migrate through the area.


Application file
Resolutions Available here
Experts reports following PE-S-DE(2002)20
Other reports  
2013 annual report 28/11/2013
2014 annual report 27/11/2014
2015 annual report 11/11/2015
2016 annual report 02/12/2016
2017 annual report No report received
2018 annual report 09/12/2018
2019 annual report 23/12/2019
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