Principal threats to migratory birds and vultures in the Mediterranean include illegal killing and poisoning, collisions with power lines and wind turbines, and livestock carcasses loaded with dangerous veterinary drugs.

We aim to improve bird habitats and minimise or eliminate the intentional and accidental killing of priority bird species from these causes by:

  • developing research to support action and influence policies and strategies
  • raising awareness amongst stakeholders about priority issues
  • developing the capacity of local authorities and civil society to play an active role at national level
  • advocating establishment of national policies and legislation
  • implementing local activities to minimise threats in the most problematic spots
Golden Oriole (c) shutterstock


Activities focus on areas where the threats are most acute and will be scaled up to regional level.


  • BirdLife International
  • Euronatur
  • IUCN
  • Tour du Valat
  • Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF)
  • WWF

Focus on one of our partners

At the heart of all our work are passionate people dedicated to delivering effective and lasting conservation. These inspirational partners are our greatest asset.

Tassos Shialis
© BirdLife Cyprus

Tassos Shialis

BirdLife Cyprus
I used to be into pollution and climate issues but I went travelling for six months in 2009 and discovered birds. Seeing amazing creatures like the Lilac-breasted roller in Africa triggered birding for me. I bought binoculars, a pocket guide and a notebook!


MAVA allocation: CHF 8.4 million

Total budget: CHF 12.9 million

Co-funding: CHF 4.5 million


Luis Costa

Manager, Mediterranean Basin

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