The BalkanDetox LIFE project is a collaborative effort aiming to strengthen national capacities and raise awareness to fight illegal wildlife poisoning across seven Balkan countries. The use of poison baits is an unselective and damaging practice of killing animals, severely threatening many endangered species. It is urgent to address this issue. The new BalkanDetox LIFE website outlines the scale and scope of this problem and what measures the project team will undertake to tackle poisoning.
BalkanDetox LIFE website
The new website allows visitors to learn about the extent of illegal wildlife poisoning in the Balkans by detailing the problem, hotspots, motives, legislation, and solutions, and at the same time, providing preventive measures and safe alternatives to poison baits that help resolve wildlife-human conflict. The website also demonstrates the various and targeted anti-poison actions the project team will implement to tackle this pressing conservation issue, including shifting the perceptions and behaviour of all relevant stakeholders, from the decision-makers to the general public and the actual poison bait users.
The project team will regularly update the website to share the latest news, updates and campaigns of BalkanDetox LIFE.
Visit the website to learn more: www.balkandetoxlife.eu
The BalkanDetox LIFE project
The ‘BalkanDetox LIFE‘ project aims to strengthen national capacities to fight wildlife poisoning and raise awareness about the problem in Balkan countries. It is a five-year endeavour with a €1.8 million budget, which aims to raise awareness and strengthen national capacities to fight the problem of wildlife poisoning across Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia. It received funding from the EU’s LIFE Programme, and it is co-financed by the Vulture Conservation Foundation, the MAVA Foundation and Euronatur, as well as by the Whitley Fund for Nature and Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund for specific actions. Project partners are the Vulture Conservation Foundation as the coordinating beneficiary, and the Albanian Ornithological Society, Association BIOM, Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna, Hellenic Ornithological Society, Macedonian Ecological Society, Ornitološko društvo NAŠE Ptice and the Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania as associated beneficiaries. Furthermore, this project is based on Spanish best practice experience and counts with the support from the Junta de Andalucía and the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.