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International Conference on the Protection of Griffon Vultures in Cyprus

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Young bearded vultures released in Cazorla (Andalucía), Spain 2
Photo by Melpo Apostelidou

The VCF was present at the International Conference on the Protection of Griffon Vultures, that was held between 6-8 March at Elias Beach Hotel in Cyprus.

The Conference was attended by scientists specialising in vulture conservation, from Cyprus and abroad, as well as representatives of government agencies and non-governmental organizations working to conserve vultures.

The participants had the opportunity to exchange views and experiences on vulture conservation, providing their expertise in protecting and enhancing the population, reintroduction of species, best practices, monitoring and inventory techniques etc. With the knowledge gained from the conference, an Action Plan and Protocol for the protection of Vultures in Cyprus will be elaborated.

The conference was organised under the project Gypas, that aims at enriching the extremely small population of the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus with individuals from Crete, so that the population recovers. The project is carried out under the ‘Cross Border Cooperation Programme Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013’, and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and national funds of Greece and Cyprus. See http://www.gypas.org/en

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