Europe and Central Asia


bearded vulture. Photo: Froneman
bearded vulture. Photo: Froneman




Who we are




The Project


LIFE EuroSAP is an EU funded project that marks the beginning of a new era for bird conservation in Europe. The project aims to tackle the severe threats that affect the conservation of iconic birds on a continental scale. Through a wide partnership, we will learn how to better protect our birds and the wider biodiversity of our region.

LIFE EuroSAP will run for three years, involving 13 partners and covering a total of 16 speciesThe bird species targeted by the LIFE EuroSAP project are some of the most charismatic and threatened in Europe. Current conservation measures are not adapted and their populations are in continuous decline. This project will study the birds’ entire life-cycle, cover entire migratory routes, analyse threats and will define better-adapted conservation actions.

Read more about the project in our FAQ section.

The 9 Species Action Plans


Since its founding in April 2015, the project partnership has been working to set up species Working Groups and coordinate a series of stakeholder consultations (with governments and the non-governmental sector) in order to lay a solid foundation for the success of 9 Species Action Plans (SAPs):
• A Multi-SAP (MSAP) for 8 lowland breeding waders: Eurasian Oystercatcher, Northern Lapwing, ‘Baltic’ Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe, Eurasian Curlew, Ruff and Common Redshank.
• Two SAPs for marine birds: Yelkouan Shearwater and Monteiro’s Storm-petrel.
• Six reviewed SAPs for: Velvet Scoter, White-Headed Duck, Cinereous Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Dalmatian Pelican, and European Turtle Dove.
By early 2018, the finalized plans will be ready to be adopted by the European Commission, the AEWA (African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement) and participating Member States. In order to promote and monitor SAP implementation across Europe, Africa and Asia, a web-based platform collecting and sharing relevant information was created.


 The Species Action Plan Tracking Tool (SAP TT)


The Species Action Plan Tracking Tool (SAP TT) is conceived as a collaborative platform to ensure effective coordination, transparency and broader consensus among the LIFE EuroSAP partners and key stakeholders (namely governments, NGOs and research institutes).  Go to this link to find up-to-date information about the project’s sixteen species – from biological data and various conservation projects to an interactive timeline of the SAP development process. 



    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.



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