MME tests measures to halt illegal hunting of birds

By MME, Fri, 13/04/2012 - 15:30
MME/BirdLife in Hungary, in cooperation with 8 other conservation organisations just launched a 5 years LIFE+ project that will aim to find effective and alternative solutions to crimes toward birds in Hungary, with a special focus on the conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle. The European Commission, the Ministry of Rural Development of Hungary and the 9 partners of the project will co-finance the project. Birds severely suffer from different types of crimes across Europe, however most of the cases are reported from the Mediterranean region where illegal poisoning shooting, trapping, lest looting and trading of birds, including raptors are common practices. In Hungary, more than a thousand of protected birds have been poisoned during the last 13 years, including White-tailed Eagles, Saker Falcons, and Common Buzzards. While the total European population of Eastern Imperial Eagle is just over 200 pairs, 53 birds were poisoned and 6 shot, in the country in the last six years. MME just started to coordinate a new Life+ project in cooperation with the Hungarian National Bureau of Investigation, three national park directorates, two ZOOs, the Hungarian National Chamber of Hunters, the Filmjungle.eu association, that will aim to support the slow three-decades increase of the Eastern Imperial Eagle population in Hungary. Widely, it has the ambition of finding solutions to illegal hunting practices and minimizing their damages on bird populations through the experimentation of innovative measures such as the establishment of a special veterinary system for quick treatment of injured birds. MME/BirdLife in Hungary hopes that this project will deeply contribute to the recovery of the Eastern Imperial Eagle population in Hungary. In parallel MME expects from this partnership the development of effective solutions to illegal hunting of birds in the country, which might serve as models for all the European countries facing the same issue.

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