The specific project objectives are:

  1. to achieve a solid knowledge base for the ecological requirements of the local species population, to be used for effective species conservation planning,
  2. to prepare a detailed regional Action Plan for the lesser kestrel, setting quantifiable Favourable Reverence Values and conservation objectives for the more than 100 local species colonies,
  3. to carefully Plan the technical part of the project concrete conservation actions, according to the Action Plan priorities,
  4. to effectively implement concrete conservation actions to improve foraging habitat quality and nesting site availability for the species, at strategic locations,
  5. to provide a successful case of biodiversity friendly agro-pastoral practices, benefiting the lesser kestrel and improving the quality of local products.
  6. to apply a wide public awareness campaign, involving local stakeholders to improve the lesser kestrel conservation attitudes of the local society for the long term benefit of the species.

To achieve these objectives the project has planned a series of actions, based on the information gathered by

  • the past colony surveys and research on the species foraging ecology in the region,
  • guidelines of the recent SPAs ornithological assessments,
  • international literature on the lesser kestrel ecology and conservation,
  • past LIFE projects for the species conservation implemented in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, and the International Species Action Plan, recently (2010) completed by SEO and Birdlife International.
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The Project is implemented by the University of Thessaly, in collaboration with the Municipality of Rigas Ferraios, the Management Body of the Eco-development Area of Lake Karla-Mavrovouniou-Kefalovrysou-Velestinou, the Hellenic Ornithological Society and the NCC Ltd, with the financial support of the European Commission

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Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας - Εργαστήριο Διαχείρισης Οικοσυστημάτων και Βιοποικιλότητας Δήμος Ρήγα ΦεραίουΦορέας Διαχείρισης Περιοχής Οικοανάπτυξης Κάρλας - Μαυροβουνίου - Κεφαλοβρύσου - ΒελεστίνουΕλληνική Ορνιθολογική ΕταιρείαNature Conservation Consultants