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Cross-border protection of the Red Kite in Europe by reducing human-caused mortality

Reference: LIFE18 NAT/AT/000048 | Acronym: LIFE EUROKITE

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The red kite (Milvus milvus) is a bird of prey endemic to the Western Palearctic (a region composed of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa). The European population encompasses 95% of its global breeding range. Most birds in north-east Europe are migratory, wintering mainly in southern France and Iberia, but with some travelling as far as Africa. Reporting under Article 12 of the Birds Directive has assessed the EUs red kite population as having near-threatened status. The IUCNs Red List also classifies the species as near threatened, at both global and European level. Poisoning is the most critical threat to the red kite; it is thought to be responsible for 60% of mortality cases.


OBJECTIVES

LIFE EUROKITE has several key objectives:

  • to significantly reduce red kite poisoning;
  • to identify and resolve problematic areas of electrocution or collision with power lines;and
  • to reduce other human-related causes of mortality.
  • The project plans to use telemetry technology to identify and quantify the key reasons behind mortality of birdof prey species in the EU. It will take action to reduce the main human-related causes of death, such as illegal persecution (especially poisoning) and collisions with road and rail traffic, wind farms, and electricity lines and poles.

    Through its work, the project will help implement the Birds and Habitats directives as well as the EUs biodiversity strategy.


    RESULTS

    Expected results:

  • total reduction of human-related mortality by 5% due to fewer poisoning cases; and
  • reversal of current negative population trend to a positive one (population increase of around 5% expected by end of project and almost 10% five years afterwards).
  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE18 NAT/AT/000048
    Acronym: LIFE EUROKITE
    Start Date: 01/08/2019
    End Date: 31/01/2027
    Total Budget: 9,537,423 €
    EU Contribution: 5,722,454 €
    Project Location:

    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Mitteleuropaeische Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung der Greifvoegel (MEGEG)
    Legal Status: PNC
    Address: Untere Hauptstrae 13, 2424, Zurndorf, Österreich
    Contact Person: Werner Falb-Meixner
    Email: werner.falb-meixner@raptorprotection.eu
    Tel: 436649133288
    Website: http://www.raptorprotection.eu


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Birds
    • Risk assessment and monitoring
    • Ecological coherence
    • Natural resources and ecosystems

    KEYWORDS

    • monitoring
    • poison
    • biodiversity
    • renewable energy
    • endangered species
    • climate change adaptation
    • data acquisition

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979)
    • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020” (03.05.2011)
    • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directive (21.05.1992)

    SPECIES

    • Haliaeetus albicilla
    • Aquila heliaca
    • Milvus migrans
    • Milvus milvus

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