Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of the Balkan and Central Asian Populations of the Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus (EVFAP)
BSPB Conservation Series No.32
CMS Raptors MOU Technical Publication No.4
The Egyptian Vulture is a long distance migrant, and is found throughout Eurasia and Africa. The population that is targeted by this Action Plan breeds across the Balkans, Central Asia and Caucasian region, and migrates to wintering grounds that largely overlap with the range of the resident population of the same species in the Middle East, Central and East Africa.
The major threats along the flyway that are addressed by this plan are poisoning, electrocution and collisions with energy infrastructure, and direct persecution. Mostly, the drivers pushing the different stakeholders’ activities that threaten the species are economic; most (if not all) stakeholder groups lacked awareness of the affect of their activities have on the conservation status of the Egyptian Vultures.
The Action Plan seeks to consider the following needs: long-term research and monitoring; designation of protected areas (non-EU); building conservation capacity; improving exchange of information; coordination of NGO driven initiatives; partnerships with industry (e.g. energy, agriculture); and improving awareness-raising and publicity.
EVFAP is a key component of the Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP).