Fighting poisoning of threatened birds in the Balkans : new BalkanDetox LIFE project

Several organisations have been acting against the poisoning of wild birds in the Mediterranean within the frame of the Outcome Action Plan aiming to tackle the illegal killing of threatened birds. Poisoning is a massive threat that affects significantly vultures and raptors in the Mediterranean region and several countries are developing consistent measures aiming to reduce the threat. In the Balkans, the situation is still serious so the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) and its partners* have launched an important new project – BalkanDetox LIFE – to tackle the issue.

This project is a five-year endeavour with a €1.8 million budget which aims to raise awareness and strengthen national capacities to fight the issue of wildlife poisoning across Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia. It received funding from the EU’s LIFE Programme and is co-financed by VCF, EuroNatur and the MAVA Foundation, as well as by the Whitley Fund for Nature and the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund for specific actions.

BalkanDetox LIFE is based on best practice experiences gained in Spain and can count on the support of the Junta de Andalucía and the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. The project will convene the first Wildlife Crime Academy training in Spain for staff from NGOs and governmental authorities from the Balkans. The aim will be to reinforce institutional capacities and prosecution efficacy towards better management of poisoning incidents by adopting the Spanish best practices.

To stay tuned with project news, make sure to follow the dedicated Facebook page of BalkanDetox LIFE.

* VCF partners are the Albanian Ornithological Society, Association BIOM, Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna, Hellenic Ornithological Society, Macedonian Ecological Society, Ornitološko društvo NAŠE Ptice and the Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania as associated beneficiaries.

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