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LIFE GypHelp - Reduction of the human threats affecting the Bearded Vulture

LIFE13 NAT/FR/000093


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Contact details:

Project Manager: Marie HEURET
Tel: +33450669198
Fax: 33450664752
Email: marie.heuret@asters.asso.fr



Project description:

Background

The bearded vulture is one of the most threatened species in Europe and is, as such, rated “critically endangered” by the IUCN. Reintroduced into the Alps in 1986, the species suffers from population fragmentation and resulting genetic isolation. In 2011, only 50 breeding pairs were left in France and 175 in Europe. Thanks to recent reintroduction efforts the French population of the bearded vulture has increased over the last few years. The equilibrium, however, remains fragile and adult mortality could rapidly reverse this trend.


Objectives

The Life GypHelp project aims to preserve the Bearded Vulture population in the French Alps by reducing anthropogenic mortality risks, especially collisions with aerial power lines, and to secure an increase in the population in the project area.

Expected results:

  • Reduction in anthropogenic hazards, such as collision with aerial cables on 70% of the territory;
  • Creation of ‘visualisation plans’ for 50% of the ski resorts and on the entire electric power lines network;
  • Development of an application to centralise information about the species;
  • Maintenance of the breeding productivity of the French Alpine population;
  • Strengthened expansion potential of the species by the introduction two new breeding pairs;
  • Development of a preservation network and raised awareness among stakeholders;
  • Increased ecological knowledge about the bearded vulture;
  • Improved knowledge about poisoning and intoxication of the species; and
  • Improved conditions of other endangered species, such as gallinaceous birds (an order of birds such as wildfowl or gamebirds) and raptors (birds of prey).


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Species - Birds


Keywords

mountainous area‚  environmental impact of energy‚  endangered species


Target species

 Gypaetus barbatus     


Natura 2000 sites

SPA FR8210032 LA VANOISE
SPA FR8210106 MASSIF DU BARGY
SPA FR9310035 Le Mercantour
SCI FR8201700 HAUT GIFFRE
SCI FR8201783 MASSIF DE LA VANOISE
SCI FR9301559 LE MERCANTOUR
SPA FR8212021 ROC D'ENFER
SPA FR8212023 LES ARAVIS
SCI FR8201701 LES ARAVIS
SCI FR8201705 MASSIF DU BARGY
SPA FR8212006 PERRON DES ENCOMBRES
SPA FR8212008 HAUT GIFFRE


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Asters, Conservatoire d'espaces naturels Haute-Savoie
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description Asters is an association appointed to safeguard and monitor the natural heritage of the Haute-Savoie. Its activities include carrying out inventories of species and habitats of high Community interest; the definition and execution of management programmes; land management support to the collectives; land surveillance and informing the public. The association employs 30 people, including experts on the Alpine bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus). It is in charge of the only bearded vulture breeding centre in France.
Partners PNV(Parc national de la Vanoise), France PNM(Parc national du Mercantour), France VCF(Stichting The Vulture Conservation Foundation), Netherlands FDC 74(Fédération Départementale des Chasseurs de Haute Savoie), France OGM(Association Observatoire des Galliformes de Montagne), France

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Project reference LIFE13 NAT/FR/000093
Duration 01-JUN-2014 to 31-DEC -2018
Total budget 1,810,276.00 €
EU contribution 905,136.00 €
Project location Île,de,France(France) Champagne-Ardennes(France) Picardie(France) Haute-Normandie(France) Centre(France) Basse-Normandie(France) Bourgogne(France) Nord-Pas-De-Calais(France) Lorraine(France) Alsace(France) Franche-Comté(France) Pays de la Loire(France) Bretagne(France) Poitou-Charentes(France) Aquitaine(France) Midi-Pyrénées(France) Limousin(France) Rhône-Alpes(France) Auvergne(France) Languedoc-Roussillon(France) Provence-Alpes-Côte d' Azur(France) Corse(France) Guadeloupe(France) Martinique(France) Guyane(France) Réunion(France)

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