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  1. 1. INNOVATIONAGAINSTPOISONQuarterly Newsletter on the LIFE+ Project“Innovative Actions Against the Illegal use ofPoisoned Baits in Mediterranean Pilot Areas” Spring 2012 IssueCONTENT Editorial Last term, the LIFE IAP team counted with the visit of the EuropeanEnvironmental Crime in Nestos.... 2 Commission, a great opportunity for the whole team to meet and talk about the development and future goals. Three days of hard workGreek National Monitoring meetings which will contribute to improve the progress of the project.Committee..................................... 3 It has been a hot period in Greece regarding poisoning events. TheSchooltalks.................................... 4 largest episode ended with six poisoned rare large birds of prey in the Strait of Nestos, an area of outstanding importance at a European level.ENHAIP - Improving rabbit habitats The episode was denounced by Public bodies together with different...................................................... 5 NGO, which stated the importance of excellent cooperation in the fight against poison.ENSAIP .......................................... 6 Technical assistances to the European Networks against Poison kept us busy trying to solve problems with feral dogs in Portugal andOpen days and exhibitions of the helping hunters with measures to improve rabbit populations in Spain.European Canine Team ................. 8 Schooltalks have been also an important action during this term,News.............................................. 9 teaching the little ones how to prevent the use of poison. The Innovation Against Poison Team Page 1
  2. 2. Newsletter - Innovation Against PoisonEnvironmental crime with Internationaldimensions in the Strait of NestosDifferent NGO and Management Bodies of Protected Areas denounced the most seriouspoisoning incident in recent years in Greece, which ended with six poisoned rare birds of prey.The poisoned birds, vultures andgolden eagles, were found aroundof two wild horses shot deadin the Straits of Nestos, an areaof outstanding importance at a BeardedEuropean level for the protection vulturesof large predators and part of the (Gyps fulvus)Natura 2000 network. and Golden Eagles (AquilaThe illegal use of poisoned baits is chrysaetos)unfortunately a common practice found poisonedin Greece, but this incident is in Nestos.particularly serious due to thefact that the whole animals wereused as poisoned baits, which of the total population on the funds more than 2 million Eurosincreased the number or rare mainland. for the protection of certain birdspecies. The use of poison aims species and habitat management,to kill carnivores such as wolves As for the endangered golden while Greece participates withand bears, because of the damage eagles, whose population in neighboring countries in thethey cause to livestock and crops. recent years has been greatly Balkan Action Plan for Vultures.The problem is exacerbated reduced, recent evidence of Greek This incident has thereforeby the failure of the State in Ornithological Society for Thrace an impact of internationalcompensating damages, the record 30 pairs, representing dimensions and it finishes up withinadequate guarding in Protected approximately 20% of the national population. This population is these EU efforts and neighboringAreas, the lack of mechanisms to countries.control the movement and the particularly vulnerable since theuse of pesticides. incident killed three adults and one The managers of protected immature, which means the entire areas of the neighborhood andVulture is a threatened species breeding population of the Straits environmental groups are inincluded in the Red Book of of Nestos. excellent cooperation with theEndangered Animals of Greece. local authorities and expect to findFewer than 30 pairs survive in In the current economic crisis it is imperative to ensure sustainable the perpetrator and exemplarymainland Greece; the Straits of development of local communities. punishment. This incident shouldNestos host the largest colony The protection of unique natural be the last frame in a sad series ofof the species. It is particularly wealth is the basis of this embarrassing images that poisonworrying that only by this perspective. In this direction, the the Greek nature.incident has left at least, as theinvestigations continue, the 7% district has received from European Page 2
  3. 3. Newsletter - Innovation Against PoisonNational Monitoring Committee and theIllegal Use of Poisoned Baits Control PlanThe recent environmental crime in Nestos (Greece) proofed the absolute necessity ofimplementing the program activities. As a result, the University of Crete and Arcturos organizedtogether a press conference to present the Control Plan of illegal use of poisoned baits and toestablish the Project National Monitoring Committee.The meeting was organized by A previous fruitless attempt had Ornithological Society) commentedARCTUROS and the University taken place in 1999 in Dadia. This their experience fighting theof Crete in Kalambaka on time the meeting was successful use of poisoned baits and howFebruary 21. It was attended and consensus was achieved and it influences the reduction inby he Mayor of Kalambaka, Mr so was an agreement on common the extinction of birds of prey inDimitris Sakellariou, the mayor actions. Epirus. She also emphasized theMr. J. Zaropoulos, the mayor’s importance of combining bothcouncilors Mr Koufochristos and Antonis Rigas, the project programmes, as synergies can beMr D. Karakostas, representatives coordinator for ARCTUROS, pointed developed to achieve even greaterof the Ministry of Environment, out the National Commission results.Energy and Climate Change- should operate after the LIFE IAPSpecial Secretariat for the Forests, project in order to cope with the According to Dr. Stavros Xirouchakis,Mr. P. Drougas and E. Giakoumi, problem nationwide. Project Manager of the programmefrom the Forestry Department for the University of Crete, “The Michalis Probonas, project problem of using poisoned baitsof Grevena, Mr. M. Skakas, Mr D. coordinator for the University ofDrizas, from the Forest Service exists all over the world where Crete-Natural History Museum of farming is practiced and there areof Trikala and Kalampaka, Mr. D. Crete, stressed the importance ofKalogiros and Mr. S. Mouziouras. predator animals, especially after the European Networks of hunters, the formalization of the overuse (ofFinally, representatives from farmers and municipalities againstthe Directorate of Coordination the baits)”. Crete has been chosen poison. as pilot area for implementing theand Forest Inspection ofCrete and representatives Victoria Saravia (Greek programme because it has a largerfrom the local authorities. population of vultures and other raptors in relation to mainlandThe board set up the National Greece, where populationsProgramme Monitoring have collapsed.Committee which met for thefirst time in order to ensure the The discussion ended withreliability and validity of the a great selection of pilotactions and the outcomes of the actions in synergy with allprogram. The National Advisory stakeholders to achieveCommission will help and propose the maximum awareness-further suitable measures for its raising.implementation at local level inorder to resolve the problem. Page 3
  4. 4. Newsletter - Innovation Against PoisonSchool talks: teaching the little onesthe importance of BiodiversityAwareness-raising against the use of poison starts by knowing how important biodiversityis and the risks of poisons. During the past months, LIFE IAP technicians have presented theproject to schoolchildren in the different pilot areas.Our field technician Zoi Karanika,from ARCTUROS, presented theLIFE project to students of second KALAMBAKAand third degree of the City of (Greece)Kalambaka Elementary Schooland the Primary and SecondarySchools of Ampelia and OxyneiaKalambaka.Children were told about theorganization and the actionscarried out under the LIFE IAPproject: the problem of illegalpoisoning, treatment and ARCTUROS thanks the Directorsimportance of stockbreeders of the Primary and Secondaryand hunters to prevent its use. Schools of the Prefecture ofDiscussions and opinion exchanges Trikala, Mr. Kafaneli and Mr.between parents, teachers and Tselios for their kind cooperation.children contributed to a veryenriching day. This time the project changed environmental education and RONDA tables and blackboards by experimental archeology that has outdoor workshops for a different excellent facilities for this type (Spain) day at school. Children from of activities, such as a pond with different schools from Benaoján a hide for birdwatching or farm and Montecorto learned the with native breeds. importance of the food chain and biodiversity conservation through The LIFE project “Innovation birdwatching workshops, lectures against poison” offers advice and and field games about hazards of improvement of sustainable local poison. businesses and municipal services to members of the European The activities were carried out Network of Municipalities Against in collaboration with Algaba Poison (ENMAIP). de Ronda, a local company specialized in Eco-tourism, Page 4
  5. 5. Newsletter - Innovation Against Poison ENHAIP - European Network of Hunters Against llegal PoisoningImproving habitat conditions of rabbitsOne of the main difficulties for hunters in Spain is mantaining healthy populations of rabbits. Aspart of the technical assistances provided to members of the ENHAIP, the LIFE IAP field technicianshave helped hunters with captive breeding and rabbit burrows.Enclosures for captive breedingare used by some Associationsof Hunters to recover rabbitpopulations in areas where thespecies has disappeared. Thistechnique of self-management, Enclosure for captivecarried out by the Associations breeding of rabbits assisted by the LIFE IAPindependently and self-financing technicians in Serraníathemselves, aims to recover the de Ronda pilot areaspecies to enjoy hunting in the (Málaga, Spain)future and reverses on protectedspecies in whose diet rabbitsare an essential element, settingindividuals in the territory andmaintaining stable populations.Predators might be seen as oneof the reasons for the decreasein rabbit populations. Covered The president of the Conquista Huntingburrows naturally help rabbit Association (Valle de lospopulations protecting them from Pedroches pilot area,predators, preventing the use of Córdoba, Spain) talkingpoisoned baits. to our fiel technician about the projectHunting associations are oftenwrongly accused of this illegalpractice, sometimes carried outby isolated individuals. Withthis cooperation, hunters makeclear their position against the Covered burrows in theuse of poisoned baits and their hunting area “Dehesacommitment to improving game Boyal”, where huntingmanagement and innovation, taking activities are combined with sheep and pigsadvantage of the field technicians’ farming and obtainingknowledge and experience and wood and charcoal.resources provided by the projectto solve their problems and improve More information: Check the full article pblished in thethe productivity of the hunting area. magazine of the Andalusian Hunting Federation here. Page 5
  6. 6. Newsletter - Innovation Against Poison ENSAIP - European Network of Stockbreeders Against Illegal PoisoningConsitution of the ENSAIP in BlachabaKalabakaThe ENSAIP in Continental Greece was established last December in a meeting held by ARCTUROS,counting with the presence of the President of the Association of Cattle Farmers from Trikala,Mr. Voutselas. Field technicians informing farmers about the project and providing the members of the ENSAIP with shepherd dogs.The ENSAIP was constituted with measures to protect livestock problem because it endangersabout 35 stockbreeders of the and fight against illegal use of the lives of the local people.areas of Antichasia, Koziakas poisoned baits by specializedand Puli. These networks will technicians. Stockbreeders, in turn, willparticipate actively addressing • Technical and legal advice for commit to:the threat and simultaneously legal control of stray dogs and • Cooperate with ARCTUROSoperating as mediators between cats, as well as for the control and the relevant authoritiesthe citizens and the relevant of predators (wolf, bear). in the fight against illegal useauthorities, effectively treating • Provision of a pair of Greek of poisonsthis illegal practice and protecting collie if possible. • Inform the technician ofbiodiversity. • Organization of lectures ARCTUROS on time in case of on livestock farming, the poisoning or suspicious useAs part of the voluntary problems and the prospects of poison appears in theircommitment signed by ARCTUROS in the region. ownership or pastures,and stockbreeders, the first willprovide: Stock breeders, who officially • Ensure that every dog is declared their participation in identified with a microchip.• Free legal assistance and the program, agreed that the advice to deal and combat illegal use of poisoned baits is ARCTUROS - Continental Greece poisoning. In case of complaint a very harmful practice for the Freephone Against Poison ARCTUROS assume all the environment and conservation of 80011010101 costs. biodiversity and is a public health• Technical advice about Page 6
  7. 7. Newsletter - Innovation Against PoisonTechnical assistances for farmers inIdanha-a-NovaWithin the frame of the ENSAIP, technicians from Quercus implemented a series of actions tohelp farmers to solve a conflict with feral and abandoned dogs.Hunting dogs are often abandoned Quercus designed and built a ensures the fight against illegalin the field after the hunting cage to help farmers to control poisoning in the field. By joining theseason, causing problems and these feral dogs. According to the ENSAIP and signing the agreementconflicts between hunters and Portuguese law, the dogs that are against poison, farmers makefarmers, as they attack cattle. Such caught are sent to the municipality clear their position against theproblems may end up being solved shelter under supervision of the use of poisoned baits and benefitwith the use of poison to put an local veterinary. from free technical services andend with predation. assistance provided by the project The commitment of farmers technicians.To avoid this, technicians from collaborating with the projectSheepdogs By donating shepherd dogs, the project in Spain promotesagainst not only livestock this traditional management toolpoison but also cooperation between stockbreeders and recovery ofFundacion Gypaetus pure breeds raised specifically to take care and defend livestockpromotes defense against against predatorspredators on livestock farmsproviding shepherd dogs to Farmer from La Muela (Algodonales,members of the ENSAIP n Malaga Range pilot area) receiving aSpain. mastiff. Page 7
  8. 8. Newsletter - Innovation Against PoisonOpen Days and public exhibitions of theEuropean Canine Team in SpainApril has been the month for public exhibition of the Canine Team in the Spanish pilot areas. Incollaboration with the City Councils, Fundación Gypaetus organized the project Open Days inSierra Nevada, Sierra Mágina and Córdoba. The European Canine Team in Güéjar Sierra (Sierra Nevada, Granada, Spain) with the Environmental servants and some of the assistants. Do you want to see the dogs in action? Take a look at the press and TV coverage: Mancha Real Viva! and Ideal Granada.The Open Days consisted of an village elders, the species formerly Environment and the Andalusianornithological workshop and more common in the pilot area, Strategy for Eradication ofgames where young and adults livestock breeds and game species. poisoned baits. Attendees had thehad the chance to learn about opportunity to see the work ofbiodiversity, the food chain and After the project presentations, the these dogs, specifically trained tohazard poison represents to public exhibitions of the European Canine Team took place in different detect poisoned baits in the wild,endangered species. Workshops before they continue the shows inwere followed by a gymkhana to areas close to the villages with the participation of Agents of the other European countries.teach children, with the help of Page 8
  9. 9. Newsletter - Innovation Against PoisonNEWS ENHAIP - European Network of Hunters Against llegal PoisoningSubsidies for Sustainable Management ofNatural Environment in AndalusiaHunters Societies are eligible for these grants announced by RegionalGovernment of Andalusia (Spain). Signed collaboration agreements withorganizations working in conservation may benefit the access to suchsubsidies. Being a member of the European Network of Hunters AgainstPoison will therefore represent an advantage. Fundación Gypaetus is More information:currently holding meetings with the different Hunters societies membersof the network to inform them and offer them assistance to complete the Order of 16 March 2012 laying downapplication. the rules for awarding grants for the Sustainable Management of NaturalEligible projects include the construction of heaps, conditioned rabbit Environment in Andalusia. BOJA 56,burrows, creating ponds or hedgerows and planting of grass, which 21/03/2012.benefit game species of wildlife in general.Presentation of the EHNAIP in Moura-Mourao-BarrancosOn December 2011, CEAIpresented the LIFE IAP project in Francisco Ferreira,Amareleja, municipality of Moura president of(Portugal), during the X Fair of the the huntersVine and the Wine, were more associationthan 1.500 visitors passed by. of Amareleja, during the signatureDuring the event it was signed with Tiagothe protocol between the local Ferro, vice-association of hunters - Associação president ofde Caçadores da Freguesia de CEAI.Amareleja - and the LIFE project.This association is responsible forthe management of three huntingareas of the pilot area of Moura-Mourão-Barrancos, includingmore than 6.000 ha, and is nowa member of the “EuropeanNetwork of Hunting Areas AgainstIllegal Poisoning”. Page 9
  10. 10. Newsletter - Innovation Against Poison ENMAIP - European Network of Municipalities Against llegal Poisoning Courses of Interpreter of natural and cultural heritage Knowing the resources is essential for its conservation. In collaboration with different groups of Rural Development and municipalities of the pilot areas, Fundacion Gypaetus offers these courses to municipalities of the European Network of Municipalities Against Poison. The training is taught by experts interested in learning about the from Fundación Gypaetus, natural and cultural heritage of technicians from the groups of their town and how to manage it rural development, professionals as a resource for self-employment from the tourism sector, members and boosting its region. of the Spanish Ornithological Society, Technicians from the The training program includes Centres for Tourism Initiatives and lessons on Heritage Interpretation, Employment Units. Natural and Cultural Resources, design of touristic routes and The courses are free and intended employment opportunities. The for all audiences, especially course also includes a practical part unemployed people, active with excursions where assistants workers in the tourism sector, will practice how to manage entrepreneurs and anyone groups. The Innovation Against Poison Newsletter is part of the awareness raising and dissemination of results of the Project LIFE+ 09/NAT/000533 “lnnovative actions against illegal poisoning in EU Mediterranean pilot areas”. Fudación Gypaetus is the coordinating beneficiary and Arcturos, CEAI, UoC and QUERCUS participate as associated beneficiaries. The project is financed by the LIFE Programme from the Eupean Commission (2.730.790 €), Consejería de Medio Ambiente Junta de Andalucía, Camara Municipal de Idanha-a-Nova and the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. INFORMATION Contact Address: Fundación Gypaetus La Rioja, 1, 1ºB 23009 Jaén Tlf: +34 953 220 062 comunicacion.life.iap@gypaetus.org www.lifeagainstpoison.org Innovation Against PoisonPartners: Co-financers: Page 10

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