Funding Agency: European Commission (LIFE+ programme).
NCU Role: Partner.
Partners: Department of Forests (Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment); Game Fund and Service (Ministry of Interior), Cyprus Forest Association.
Project's Main Objective: The project has three major objectives:
(a) to implement conservation / management measures that will substantially improve ecological conditions for selected bird species listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive occurring in the Natura 2000 (SPA) sites Kavo Gkreko (CY3000005), Koshi – Pallourokampos (CY6000009) and Stavrovouni – Potamos Panagias Stazousas (CY6000007),
(b) through the implementation of these pilot conservation management measures to demonstrate to the Cypriot foresters and other stakeholders, the benefits of adopting a more holistic forest management approach that will address the needs of birds dwelling in or visiting the forest, and
(c) To contribute towards, enhancement of public awareness on the need to conserve wild birds and combating bird crime within the broader project area.
Targeted bird species are the following 11 species: Alcedo atthis, Burhinus oedicnemus, Caprimulgus europaeus, Circus macrourus, Coracias garrulus, Emberiza caesia, Lanius collurio, Lanius minor, Lanius nubicus, Oenanthe cypriaca and Sylvia melanothorax.
More information is available at the project's website.