Lonjsko Polje (English: Lonja Field) is the largest protected wetland in not only Croatia, but the entire Danube river basin. It covers an area of 505.6 square kilometres (195.2 sq mi), extending along the river Sava from the areas east of Sisak, the lower course of the river Lonja for which it is named, to the areas west of Nova Gradiška, along the course of the river Veliki Strug. The area of Lonjsko Polje is designated a nature park (park prirode), a kind of protected area in Croatia. The institution was established in 1998, and it is based in the village of Jasenovac. According to the criteria of the Birds Directive of the European Union, the park is an important habitat for birds (Important Birds Area - IBA).