Urgent measures to secure the survival of the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Bulgaria and Greece




Short name: “The return of the Neophron” (LIFE10 NAT/BG/000152)

 

Goal/ Tasks: Prevent extinction of the Egyptian vulture in Bulgaria and Greece.

 

Duration: 5 years project. Start date 01.10.2011/End date 31.12.2016.

 

Target areas:

27 Natura 2000 zones: PROVADIYSKO-ROYAKSKO PLATEAU; LOMOVETE; KAMCHIYSKA MOUNTAIN; KOTLENSKA MOUNTAIN; DOBROSTAN; MADZHAROVO; STUDEN KLADENETS; KRUMOVITZA; ARDA BRIDGE; BYALA REKA; SAKAR; IVAILOVGRAD RESERVOIR; DASOS DADIAS-SOUFLI; NOTIO DASIKO SYMPLEGMA EVROU; OREINOS EVROS-KOILADA DEREIOU; KOILADA FILIOURI; KOILADA KOMPSATOU; KENTRIKI RODOPI KAI KOILADA NESTOU; ORI TZENA-PINOVO; ORI ORLIAKAS KAI TSOURGIAKAS; ANTICHASIA ORI KAI METEORA; KORYFES OROYS KOZIAKA; ORI PARAMYTHIAS, STENA KALAMA STENA ACHERONTA; ORI TSAMANTA, FILIATON, FARMAKOVOUNI, MEGALI RACHI; OROS TYMFI (GAMILA; OROS DOUSKON, ORAIOKASTRO, DASOS MEROPIS, KOILADA GORMOU, LIMNI DELVINAKIOU; KENTRIKO ZAGORI KAI ANATOLIKO TMIMA OROUS MITSIKELI.

 

Partners:

Coordinating beneficiary Bulgarian Society for The Protection of Birds (BSPB) partners: Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS); World Wildlife Fund-Greece (WWF); Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).


Activities:
•    Increase knowledge of mortality factors affecting the Balkan breeding population;
•    Increase knowledge of migration routes and wintering areas through satellite telemetry;
•    Increase the availability of safe food for Egyptian vultures;
•    Improve breeding success by providing supplementary feeding;
•    Reduce the mortality risk due to linear infrastructure development;
•    Increase awareness of and support for Egyptian vulture conservation;
•    Facilitate networking with other stakeholders.


Expected results:

The project actions will directly address all confirmed threats that face Egyptian vultures in Bulgaria and Greece that contribute to the long-term decline of this endangered species:
•    Knowledge of the mortality factors affecting the Balkan breeding population is significantly improved;
•    Satellite telemetry of 40 juvenile and adult Egyptian vultures builds knowledge of the migration routes and wintering areas of the Balkan breeding population;
•    Illegal poison has a reduced impact as a mortality factor in project Natura sites;
•    Significant amounts of safe food provided through a series of delivery methods;
•    Value of supplementary feeding to improve breeding success better understood;
•    Disturbance and direct persecution affecting the Egyptian vulture are reduced;
•    Mechanisms tested to prevent bird crime affecting Egyptian vultures;
•    Risk of mortality from collision or electrocution reduced;
•    Support for Egyptian vulture conservation increases measurably among key
•    Audiences;
•    The Greek National Species Action Plan for the Egyptian vulture is published;
•    Networking with stakeholders improves the extent and effectiveness of experts and partners along the flyway to conserve the Balkan breeding population.


Financing:

The program LIFE+ of ЕС
The A.G. Leventis Foundation

Web site: www.LifeNeophron.eu

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