This month´s edition of the Spanish nature conservation magazine Quercus features an article about the Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of the Cinereous Vulture, which was prepared by the VCF for the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Please check the summary – if you live in Spain try to get the February edition.
The Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of the Cinereous Vulture (CVFAP) is a global conservation plan for the entire range of this near-threatened vulture species, which ranges from the Iberian peninsula to China, Mongolia and Korea.
This Action Plan was produced under a contract with the Coordinating Unit of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU), and a further financial contribution provided by Planckendael Zoo, Belgium – coordinator of the Cinereous Vulture European Endangered Species Programme (captive-breeding). This Action Plan was developed in parallel with the Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP), and alongside the development of the European Species Action Plan (SAP) for the Cinereous Vulture through the LIFE EuroSAP Project co-financed by the EU LIFE fund.
The CVFAP aims to address the current threats to this species by proposing 68 conservation actions under 12 objectives, foreseen to be implemented within the next 12 years (2018-2029) in 64 Range States. The CVFAP main goal is to halt current population declines, and to restore the Cinereous Vulture to its original geographic range with all populations in a favorable conservation status. The CVFAP high level objective is to enhance recolonization of the former range by reducing threats in all relevant Range States and establishing safe corridors and links between populations.
In this Action Plan, you can also find the most recent update of the conservation status and population estimates for the species across the entire distribution range.
This work would not have been possible without the valuable contributions of dozens of vulture researchers and experts, which have passed on their information and data along the CVFAP and Vulture MsAP process – we would like to thank you all.