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ZEPA ESTEPARIAS ANDALUCIA - Conservation and management of special protection areas for steppe birds in Andalusia

LIFE08 NAT/E/000068


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Contact details:

Project Manager: María Jesús MARTOS SALINERO
Email: mariaj.martos@juntadeandalucia.es



Project description:

Background

Europe’s steppe birds are currently the most endangered category of vertebrates, with up to 60% of species threatened to varying degrees. Spain’s Andalusia region supports the EU’s richest diversity in steppe birds. However, according to the Red List of Threatened Vertebrates in Andalusia, 82% of non-passeriform steppe birds and 43% of passeriform birds in the region are endangered. This is a higher percentage of endangered species than for any ornithocenosis in a forest, water or mountain ecosystem.


Objectives

The main objective of this project is to improve the conservation status of steppe birds in Andalusia. Priority species for the project’s support include the great bustard, little bustard, Montagu's harrier, stone Curlew, black-bellied sandgrouse, collared pratincole, European roller and Little kestrel. Actions will target:

  • The provision of food and shelter;
  • Reduction of mortality risks;
  • Increased awareness of conservation considerations; and
  • The introduction of technology to improve/implement management plans for endangered species.
  • Expected results include:

  • The involvement of at least 120 private agricultural landowners in the conservation of steppe birds on the basis of 120 co-operation agreements;
  • At least a 75% reduction in great bustard deaths caused by harvesting;
  • A 75% reduction in deaths of Montagu's harrier caused by combine harvesters during the breeding season;
  • A 90% reduction in the bird mortality rate from collisions with power lines, and a 60% reduction in bird deaths caused by collisions with livestock fences;
  • An increase by three-to-five in the number of breeding colonies of lesser kestrel;
  • Increased productivity of certain steppe-land bird species through the provision of food and elimination of threats;
  • Improved public awareness about key conservation considerations for the target species;
  • Establishment of new rural development initiatives related to steppe-land birds; and
  • The creation of a new nature tourism product.


Results


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Species - Birds


Keywords

endangered species‚  agricultural method


Target species

 Burhinus oedicnemus   Circus pygargus   Coracias garrulus   Falco naumanni   Glareola pratincola   Otis tarda   Pterocles orientalis   Tetrax tetrax   


Natura 2000 sites

SCI ES0000033 LAGUNA DE FUENTE DE PIEDRA
SCI ES6170015 LAGUNAS DE CAMPILLOS
SPA ES6130017 ALTO GUADIATO
SPA ES6180017 CAMPIÑAS DE SEVILLA


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator CONSEJERÍA DE MEDIO AMBIENTEJUNTA DE ANDALUCÍA
Type of organisation Regional authority
Description The coordinating beneficiary (Consejería de Medio Ambiente-Junta de Andalucía) is the competent body of the Regional Government as regards environmental policy.
Partners Consejería de Agricultura y Pesca-Junta de Andalucía, Spain ASAJA Andalucía, Spain ASAJA Córdoba, Spain ASAJA Sevilla, Spain ASAJA Málaga, Spain COAG, Spain UPA, Spain Mancomunidad de Municipios Valle del Guadiato, Spain SEO/BirdLife, Spain EGMASA, Spain DPA, Spain

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Project reference LIFE08 NAT/E/000068
Duration 01-FEB-2010 to 30-SEP -2014
Total budget 8,636,466.00 €
EU contribution 4,722,420.00 €
Project location Andalucía(España)

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