The LIFE FALKON project aims to foster the resilience of the central-eastern European population of lesser kestrel to climate change, by improving the conservation status of Italian and Greek populations breeding at the north-eastern edge of the breeding range.
Specific objectives are to:
- Improve foraging and nesting habitat quality in farmland areas and Natura 2000 sites (SPAs) where the species breeds in the project areas;
- Establish a collaborative international network to support the implementation of conservation actions, population monitoring programmes and knowledge sharing across the central-eastern Mediterranean region, and foster replicability and transferability of project actions in south-eastern Europe;
- Promote public awareness concerning the lesser kestrel and biodiversity conservation in the north-eastern margins of its breeding range, with an emphasis on environmental education;
- Obtain an accurate assessment of the conservation status of those populations that are considered crucial for the species’ northward breeding expansion.
The project directly implements the Birds Directive, by targeting a species that is listed as a conservation priority.
LIFE FALKON intervenes in the following Natura 2000 sites
|SPA||IT4060008||VALLI DEL MEZZANO|
|SPA||IT4050023||BIOTOPI E RIPRISTINI AMBIENTALI DI BUDRIO E MINERBIO|
|SPA||GR1130010||LIMNES VISTONIS, ISMARIS – LIMNOTHALASSES PORTO LAGOS, ALYKI PTELEA, XIROLIMNI, KARATZA|
|SPA||GR4110006||LIMNOS: LIMNES CHORTAROLIMNI KAI ALYKI, KOLPOS MOUDROU, ELOS DIAPORI KAI CHERSONISOS FAKOS|
|SCI||GR4110001||LIMNOS: CHORTAROLIMNI – LIMNI ALYKI KAI THALASSIA PERIOCHI|