Workshop to secure the survival of Egyptian Vulture populations in the Balkans, Central Asia and the Caucasus, and along its migration flyway

19.02.2015
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A workshop dedicated to the conservation of the globally threatened Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) will be held from 5 to 8 July 2015 in Bulgaria. The main goal is to develop an International Egyptian Vulture Flyway Action Plan to secure the survival of the Balkan, Caucasian and Central Asian populations, including along the flyway and in the wintering grounds.

The workshop will bring together over 60 government officials, scientists, researchers and specialists from at least 31 countries in which the vultures breed, visit or spend the winter.  The Flyway Action Plan will be compiled using the latest available information about the species’ migration routes, settlement areas, habitat use, and the potential threats that exist along the flyway and in the wintering grounds. 

The Egyptian Vulture is the only migrant vulture in Europe and is classified as Endangered due to recent rapid population declines throughout its range. In the Balkans alone, the population has decreased by over 80% in the last 30 years.  The International Flyway Action Plan will act as a pivotal tool to guide trans-continental cooperation and the implementation of conservation measures.  The goal is to ensure the long-term survival of Egyptian Vulture populations in the Balkans, Central Asia and the Caucasus.
The organisation of this international workshop is being led by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB)/BirdLife Bulgaria. It is being developed as part of the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron”, funded by the European Commission and A. G. Leventis foundation, and the Project SSFA/CMSAD/2014/005, funded by the CMS - Raptors MoU.

More information about the workshop, including a registration form for self-funded participants can be found here:

http://www.lifeneophron.eu/en/FAP.html

If you are interested in contributing the Flyway Action Plan but are not able to attend the workshop, please contact:

Stoyan Nikolov, BSPB
Email: stoyan.nikolov@bspb.org        Tel: +359 878 599 372

For more information on registration and logistics, please contact:

Vanya Georgieva, BSPB
Email: vanya.georgieva@bspb.org        Tel: +359 878 599 675

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