Europe faces illegal poisoning once more by selecting for co-financing the international LIFE + Biodiversity project on: “Innovative actions against illegal poisoning in EU Mediterranean Pilot Areas” [LIFE09 NAT/ES/000533], leaded by the Spanish Fundación Gypaetus (FG), with the Portuguese partners Quercus and Centro de Estudos da Avifauna Ibérica (CEAI) and the Greek partners Arcturos and the University of Crete – Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC).
The project has an overall budget of 5,660,886.00 € and will be developed from 2010 to 2015 (period: 1/10/2010 – 30/09/2015) in the following 8 pilot areas of the European Union.
The project is co-financed by the European Commission – DG Environment with a total amount of 2,730,790.00 €, while other co-financers of the project – apart from participating associated beneficiaries – are the Consejería de Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Environmental Government), the Câmara Municipal de Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal) and the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.
The main goal of the project is to evaluate and spread the effectiveness of several innovative actions based on voluntary agreements with the main rural groups related with illegal poisoned baits fight (municipalities, hunters, extensive stockbreeders, etc.). Thanks to the demonstrative character of the foreseen actions, it is expected to relevantly improve the current anti-illegal poisoning strategies and so diminish the biodiversity loss related with this malpractice at EU level. One of the main goals of the project is to assess objectively, in one hand, the most effective actions to fight illegal poisoning for each context – including the factors influencing it – and, in the other hand, the real evolution of this threat along the development of the project in each pilot area. Regarding to this, some specific actions are designed to develop methodologies and indicators related with illegal poisoning activity and impact assessment.
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