Europe and Central Asia

LIFE EuroSAP project - FAQ




Who we are




  • What is a Species Action Plan?

    • Species Action Plans (SAPs) provide information about the status, ecology and the threats against species. They describe key actions that are required to improve their conservation status in Europe.

    • Species Management Plans (SMPs) for huntable species in unfavourable conservation status aim to restore their populations to a favourable status.


    What is the problem?

    • The process by which species are prioritised and selected for SAPs and SMPs is not systematic or repeatable.

    • Lack of stricter criteria led to some plans developed for species of relatively low conservation priority, whilst others in greater need have been neglected.

    • Plans have expired. Some of the species targeted in this project show sharp declines and new conservation strategies are needed.

    • You can find more information in the BirdLife International and FACE report to the European Commission: 'Methodology for bird species recovery planning in the EU'.


    What are we doing about it?

    • Undertake an urgent update of six action plans and develop two new action plans for birds with population declines and those in need of international coordinated conservation efforts.

    • Develop and test/apply methodologies to address groups of species sharing similar habitat conditions by developing a pilot multi-species action plan (MSAP) for lowland grassland breeding waders.

    • Put in place a system for coordination among the main actors involved in the development & implementation of SAPs.


    Who funds the project?

    EuroSAP is a LIFE preparatory project, co-financed by the European Commission Directorate General for the Environment, by the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), and by each of the project partners.

    The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The EuroSAP project is implemented under the current 2014-2017 LIFE work programme and is a Preparatory project, that is, it is a project identified by the European Commission to support specific needs for the implementation and development of EU environmental policy legislation.

    AEWA is an intergovernmental treaty, developed under the framework of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago.



    Ivan Ramirez

    Head of Conservation

    Anna Staneva

    European Species Programme Officer



EuroSAP is a LIFE preparatory project, co-financed by the European Commission Directorate General for the Environment,  the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), and by each of the project partners.