PannonEagle Life - Conservation of the eastern imperial eagle by decreasing human-caused mortality in the Pannonian Region

LIFE15 NAT/HU/000902

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Contact details:

Contact person: Marton ARVAY
Tel: +36306634627
Fax: +3612756267
Email: pannoneagle@mme.hu

Project description:


Thanks to conservation efforts started in the 1980s, the Hungarian population of the eastern imperial eagle has come back from the brink of extinction, reaching 160 pairs by 2014. The Pannonian biogeographical region (which includes all of Hungary and parts of Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia and Ukraine) now holds some 220 pairs of this priority raptor species (Annex 1 of the EU Birds Directive). However, this small population is still vulnerable. Predator persecution, especially from illegal poisoning, is the main threat for the eastern imperial eagle in the Pannonian biogeographical region, representing more than 30% of known mortality causes. Persecution also affects other protected raptor species, including another Annex I-listed bird, the saker falcon. Combating illegal bird poisoning is in line with the anti-poison policy of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.


The main objective of the PannonEagle Life project is to increase the population of the eastern imperial eagle in the Pannonian biogeographical region through a significant decrease in deaths from non-natural causes, i.e. primarily by persecution incidents.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Increase the chance of detecting illegal activities and of successful prosecutions;
  • Increase understanding of the true, minimal impact of raptors on game species and encourage raptor-friendly game management methods; and
  • Increase public awareness of the conservation importance of the eastern imperial eagle and of the possible consequences of persecution.
  • Expected results: The project expects to achieve the following results:

  • An increase of more than 10% in the breeding population of the eastern imperial eagle in the Pannonian region (to more than 250 breeding pairs). This would result in a 9% increase in the EU population;
  • A breeding rate of over 1.0 fledglings per breeding pair during the project;
  • A reduction in the number of eastern imperial eagle and saker falcon deaths caused by persecution to fewer than five per year. The annual mortality rate of the eastern imperial eagle is expected to be less than 12% by the end of the project;
  • Rehabilitation of more than 30% of eastern imperial eagles and saker falcons injured in persecution incidents;
  • More than 500 stakeholders from target groups to visit the eagle rehabilitation centre;
  • At least three successful convictions of individuals prosecuted for illegal killing of the target raptor species; and
  • More than 1 000 media reports about the project, reaching an audience of over 10 million, with more than 1 million visitors to the project’s website and social media channels.



Environmental issues addressed:


Species - Birds


endangered species‚  environmental awareness

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (01.06.1982)
  • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv ...

Target species

 ACCIPITRIDAE Aquila heliaca   Aquila heliaca   FALCONIDAE Falco cherrug   Falco cherrug     

Natura 2000 sites

SCI AT1202000 March-Thaya-Auen
SPA AT1209000 Westliches Weinviertel
SCI AT1209A00 Westliches Weinviertel
SPA AT1125129 Parndorfer Platte - Heideboden
SPA AT1213V00 Sandboden und Praterterrasse
SPA SKCHVU009 Košická kotlina
SPA SKCHVU014 Malé Karpaty
SPA SKCHVU016 Záhorské Pomoravie
SPA SKCHVU023 Úľanská mokraď
SPA SKCHVU025 Slanské vrchy
SPA SKCHVU027 Slovenský kras
SPA SKCHVU031 Tribeč
SPA SKCHVU037 Ondavská rovina
SPA CZ0621027 Soutok - Tvrdonicko
SPA HUHN10005 Jászság
SPA HUKN10001 Felső-kiskunsági szikes puszták és turjánvidék
SPA HUKN10002 Kiskunsági szikes tavak és az őrjegi turjánvidék
SPA HUKN10004 Alpár-bokrosi tisza-ártéri öblözet
SPA HUKN10007 Alsó-Tisza-völgy
SCI HUHN20076 Borsóhalmi-legelő
SPA AT1126129 Waasen - Hanság
SPA AT1202V00 March-Thaya-Auen
SPA SKCHVU054 Špačinsko-nižnianské polia



Coordinator MME BirdLife Hungary
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description MME BirdLife Hungary, a BirdLife International partner, was founded in 1974 to protect birds and other species and their natural environment in Hungary. A principal aim is also to increase awareness and support for nature and conservation in cooperation with national and local authorities, other NGOs and stakeholders. MME has created protection programmes for endangered bird species, such as the eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliacal), saker falcon (Falco cherrug), and red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) and the great bustard (Otis tarda), as well as for the Hungarian meadow viper (Vipera ursinii rakosiensis).
Partners Česká společnost ornitologická, Czech Republic Ministerstvo životního prostředí (Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic), Czech Republic Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province, Serbia Kiskunság National Park Directorate, Hungary BirdLife Österreich, Austria Raptor Protection of Slovakia, Slovakia Hortobágy National Park Directorate, Hungary Umweltverband WWF Österreich / WWF Austria, Austria Vychodoslovenska distribucna a.s., Slovakia Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Društvo za zaštitu i proučavanje ptic abSrbije), Serbia


Project reference LIFE15 NAT/HU/000902
Duration 01-OCT-2016 to 31-MAR -2022
Total budget 3,583,577.00 €
EU contribution 2,682,771.00 €
Project location Burgenland(Österreich) Niederösterreich(Österreich) Steiermark(Österreich) Oberösterreich(Österreich) Stredni Cechy(Czech Cesko) Jihozapad(Czech Cesko) Severovychod(Czech Cesko) Jihovychod(Czech Cesko) Stredni Morava(Czech Cesko) Moravskoslezsko(Czech Cesko) Kozep-Magyarorszag(Hungary Magyarország) Kozep-Dunantul(Hungary Magyarország) Nyugat-Dunantul(Hungary Magyarország) Del-Dunantul(Hungary Magyarország) Eszak-Magyarorszag(Hungary Magyarország) Eszak-Alfold(Hungary Magyarország) Del-Alfold(Hungary Magyarország) Extra-Regio(Hungary Magyarország) Associated Hungary (H)(Hungary Magyarország) Bratislavsky kraj(Slovakia Slovensko) Zapadne Slovensko(Slovakia Slovensko) Stredne Slovensko(Slovakia Slovensko) Vychodne Slovensko(Slovakia Slovensko) Extra-Regio(Slovakia Slovensko) Associated Slovakia (SK)(Slovakia Slovensko)


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