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
Eradication of the illegal collection of Bonelli’s eagle nestlings and significant reduction of this threat for the Lanner Falcon.
Increase of breeding success of the target species through the surveillance of the nesting sites.
Improvement of the scientific knowledge regarding location, movements, threats, vital and demographic parameters of the target species.
The development of a Bonelli’s eagle genetic database, in collaboration with the Institution for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA).
The development of new management and conservation measures for target species within the Natura 2000 Network. Among these measures the most relevant is the National Action Plan for the Bonelli’s eagle, promptly adopted by Sicilian Region.
Increased involvement of stakeholders and local communities regarding on the project themes.