Meandering rivers,ponds, lakes and marshes are typical for this site.
Many lakes have silted water.
Rocky hills on the raised seabed, where numerous ponds and lakes are found.
The large central plain of the site.


  • Country: 
    Denmark (Greenland)
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    191,000 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    68°24'N 51°46'W
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Naternaq is one of the most important wetland complexes in western Greenland; it comprises an extensive marshy plain, numerous shallow lakes and meandering streams. The Site supports diverse communities with lush vegetation, such as dense moss mats, marshes and dwarf scrub heath. The several globally threatened species found include the fin whale, long-tailed duck and the caribou. It is also a very important area for the nationally endangered Greenland white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons flavirostris), as it supports more than 1.8% of its breeding and moulting population. Their numbers have been decreasing in recent years, as the Site previously supported 9%. There are no permanent human settlements, but subsistence hunting, leisure hunting and fishing take place both along the coast and inland. In addition, other tourist activities such as hiking, kayaking and the establishment of vacation huts are increasing, and are seen as potential threats to the Site.

Administrative region: 
Kommune Qeqertalik

  • National legal designation: 
    • Area important to wildlife (Anon. 2000)
    • Breeding Bird Reserve
    • Ramsar site - Naternaq
  • Last publication date: 


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