Objectives

OBJECTIVES

The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) population is on the brink of extinction from Cyprus. The LIFE with Vultures project is a targeted and integrated effort to save the last remaining population of 20 birds in Cyprus.

The overall objective of the LIFE with Vultures project is firstly to prevent the extinction of the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus followed by improving the conservation status of the Griffon Vulture population in Cyprus.

To achieve this, the project will address critical threats to the species, involving key stakeholders in the process and bolstering the local population to enable its recovery.

Specifically, the project aims to:

TACKLE THREATS

The project aims to reduce the mortality of Griffon Vultures by addressing key direct threats. Specifically, it aims to reduce the illegal use of poisons as one of the most critical reason for mortality, reduce the mortality risk from collision with overhead electricity wires and increase availability of safe food sources by increasing (and better managing) the provision of supplementary feeding.

BOOST POPULATION

The project aims to enhance population viability via restocking, once the main threats have been addressed. This will be achieved by releasing birds brought in from Spain, following well-established practices for introducing them into the local environment.

UNDERSTAND & INFORM

The project aims to fill knowledge gaps related to the threats facing the Griffon Vulture and enhance the national technical and operational capacity of the relevant authorities to protect and manage the Griffon Vulture population in Cyprus effectively.

RAISE AWARENESS

The project aims to improve stakeholders’ awareness on the importance of the species and the need for its conservation, and to establish a national functioning network of actors related to nature conservation.

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