PROJECTGoals, actions, expected results and targeted areas of LIFE ConRaSi Project
1 – NO ILLEGAL COLLECTION
Halting or reducing significantly the illegal collection of eggs and nestlings.
2 – HIGHER REPRODUCTIVE RATES
Enhancing the trophic capacity with the aim to rise the bird reproductive rates.
3 – DEEPER KNOWLEDGE
Getting an exhaustive picture of distribution and demography of the targeted species.
4 – GENETIC CHARACTERIZATION
Improving the knowledge of the Bonelli’s eagle on the base of genetic analysis.
5 – APPROPRIATE MANAGEMENT
Adopting any necessary management tool so as to ensure the long term conservation of the targeted species.
6 – ENGAGEMENT OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Improving awareness and information of a broad local audience.
1 – REMOTE CONTROL
Putting in place camera-traps and web-cameras to ensure a continuous monitoring of the nesting sites.
2 – EXHAUSTIVE MONITORING
Ensuring a thorough monitoring in space and time of the targeted species.
3 – ARTIFICIAL WARRENS AND FEEDING POINTS
Creating artificial warrens to improve the availability of the Bonelli’s eagle main prey species; setting up a network of feeding points in the Egyptian vulture areas.
4 - MARKING
Bird ringing and tracking through GPS transmitters.
5 - GENETIC ANALYSIS
Genetic sampling of feathers and other materials collected at the Bonelli’s eagle nesting sites.
6 - MODELLING
Development of habitat suitability models for each of the targeted species.
7 - ACTION PLAN
Delivering an action plan for the Bonelli’s eagle.
8 – INFORMATION AND AWARENESS
Carrying out several communication activities, targeting specific audiences.
The LIFE ConRaSi targets nine Special Protection Areas (SPA), i.e. priority areas identified in accordance with the EU Birds Directive.
- ITA020048 – Monti Sicani, Rocca Busambra e Bosco della Ficuzza
- ITA050006 – Monte Conca
- ITA030043 – Monti Nebrodi
- ITA020050 – Parco delle Madonie
- ITA050012 – Torre Manfria, Biviere e Piana di Gela
- ITA020042 – Rocca di Entella
- ITA010029 – Monte Cofano, Capo San Vito e Monte Sparagio
- ITA020049 – Monte Pecoraro e Pizzo Cirina
- ITA060002 – Lago di Pergusa
Up to 80-90% reduction in the illegal collection of Bonelli’s eagle eggs and nestlings and significant reduction of this threat for the Lanner Falcon.
Significant enhancement of the Egyptian vulture population.
Exhaustive census of Bonelli’s eagle and Egyptian vulture populations throughout Sicily and of Lanner Falcon within the targeted SPAs.
Improvement of the scientific knowledge of the targeted species.