Species action plans (SAPs) for non-huntable bird species and management plans (MPs) for huntable bird species have expired, while new conservation strategies need to be developed for some species that are showing sharp population declines. Furthermore, a new conservation approach that identifies and addresses groups of bird species sharing similar habitat conditions (e.g. grasslands) needs to be tested.
The EuroSAP project focuses on the delivery of new or revised SAPs for European bird species having conservation priority. The overall objective is to halt the population decline of threatened bird species listed in Annexes I and II of the Birds Directive, and to achieve a significant and measurable improvement in their conservation status. It will also produce state-of-the-art tools for European stakeholders, ready-to-use and for use well beyond the project?s duration. This will lay the foundation for better cooperation among EU Member States, international conventions and non-governmental organisations involved in international bird conservation efforts, for the effective delivery of SAPs.
The project?s other specific objectives include the implementation and update of six existing SAPs and EU management plans endorsed by the European Commission in the late 1990s and early 2000s (white-headed duck, velvet scoter, Dalmatian pelican, cinereous vulture, bearded vulture and European turtle-dove), and to develop two new plans for species of greatest urgency (Yelkouan shearwater and Monteiro?s storm petrel). The project will also develop a pilot group action plan for the European lowland grassland waders (Eurasian oystercatcher, northern lapwing, ?Baltic? dunlin, ruff, common snipe, Eurasian curlew, black-tailed godwit and common redshank), taking into account priority needs across their flyway.
Specifically the project will: