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LIFE UNDER GRIFFON WINGS - LIFE UNDER GRIFFON WINGS - IMPLEMENTATION OF BEST PRACTICES TO RESCUE GRIFFON VULTURES IN SARDINIA

LIFE14 NAT/IT/000484


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Contact details:

Project Manager: Fiammetta BERLINGUER
Email: berling@uniss.it



Project description:

Background

Sardinia’s population of griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) is listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive and represents the last autochthonous breeding population of vultures in Italy. The Natura 2000 network sites around Bosa, Capo Marargiu and Porto Tangone (SPA ITB023037 and SCI ITB020041) and Capo Caccia (SPA ITB013044 and SCI ITB010042) are two of the most important breeding sites for griffon vultures in Italy and in the wider Mediterranean area. Conservation actions are needed to improve the conservation status of this species.


Objectives

The overall objective of the LIFE UNDER GRIFFON WINGS project is to improve the conservation status of the griffon vulture population in Sardinia. The specific goals are to:

  • Mitigate the shortage in carcass availability and increase the carrying capacity of the foraging areas;
  • Mitigate the risk of poisoning;
  • Enhance population viability via restocking; and
  • Reinforce the local wildlife rescue centre and reduce human disturbance in the reproductive sites.
  • Expected results:

  • Food availability increased for the griffon vulture population;
  • Number of poisonings decreased in the project area;
  • Local population rescued from a critical demographic situation;
  • Improved welfare of hospitalised griffon vultures;
  • High survival rates of the recovered vultures;
  • Skills, expertise and competences on large vulture protection increased within the competent public bodies and scientific community;
  • Increased productivity of the local population; and
  • Increased visitors numbers in the target sites.


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Species - Birds


Keywords

endangered species‚  carcass disposal‚  poison‚  environmental law


Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979)
  • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 ...

Target species

 Gyps fulvus     


Natura 2000 sites

SCI ITB010042 Capo Caccia (con le Isole Foradada e Piana) e Punta del Giglio
SCI ITB011155 Lago di Baratz - Porto Ferro
SCI ITB020040 Valle del Temo
SCI ITB020041 Entroterra e zona costiera tra Bosa, Capo Marargiu e Porto Tangone
SCI ITB021101 Altopiano di Campeda
SPA ITB013044 Capo Caccia
SPA ITB023037 Costa e Entroterra di Bosa, Suni e Montresta
SPA ITB023050 Piana di Semestene, Bonorva, Macomer e Bortigali


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Università degli Studi di Sassari
Type of organisation University
Description The Department of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Sassari, which was founded in 1928 and is unique in Sardinia, owns more than three million sheep, 300 000 pigs, 400 000 goats, 200 000 cattle and a significant number of equines. The department also owns grazing lands, facilities to host educational activities and animals, and a veterinary clinic and reference point for animal welfare. In May 2013, it was found to be compliant with the directives of the European Association of Establishment for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).
Partners EFS(Ente Foreste della Sardegna), Italy BOSA(Comune di Bosa), Italy CFVA(Corpo forestale e di vigilanza ambientale della Regione Sardegna), Italy

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Project reference LIFE14 NAT/IT/000484
Duration 01-SEP-2015 to 31-AUG -2020
Total budget 1,733,385.00 €
EU contribution 1,039,985.00 €
Project location Sardegna(Italia)

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