The proposed 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.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- To improve food availability in the project sites, in terms of quantity, quality and diversity.
- To improve permanently water availability during the long dry period.
- To improve nesting conditions in the sites.
- To reduce human disturbance through enhanced awareness and limiting access in sensitive areas.
- To restore bird habitats in the sites.
- To introduce management practices that favor birds in routine forest management in Cyprus.
- To contribute toward combating bird crime through strict enforcement of legislation and implementation of an effective communication campaign.
- To improve public awareness on the need to conserve bird populations, the value of Natura 2000 network and the importance of the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument for nature conservation.