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The project Polish Important Bird Areas no. LIFE09 NAT/PL/000263 aims in implementation and improvement of the active protection of water-marsh birds in areas of great natural interest in five national parks: Biebrza National Park, Drawa NP, Narew NP, Warta Mouth NP, and Słowiński NP, by simultaneous improvement of habitat conditions and curbing the pressure of invasive alien predatory species, particularly the American mink and the Common raccoon. The project is supposed to bring to an increase in the breeding success of water-marsh birds that will result in the growing numbers of these birds, and as a consequence biodiversity in protected areas will be preserved.
Project is financed by European Commission (838 951 Euro) and National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (753 456 Euro) in the frame of Life+ Programme, with total budget of 1 677 902 Euro.
Life After Life meeting in Warta Mouth NP » 2019-09-06
In the Warta Mouth National Park a meeting was held to summarize the period of durability of the "Polish IBA" LIFE project. All activities implemented during Life After Life period, in the five years after the end of the project. The meeting was attended by representatives of national parks (Drawa NP, Narew NP, Warta Mouth NP and Slowiniec NP), Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Rural Development, Environment and Agriculture (MLUL) of the Brandenburg federal state (Germany). The meeting showed the success of the most of the activities continued. "Polish IBA" project became an inspiration for continuation in the form of further activities. One of the examples are activities under "Continued protection of wetland birds, restoration of habitats and limiting the impact of invasive species in the Narew National Park and within Natura 2000 sites."

The Warta Mouth NP Director's initiative to organize this meeting allowed for a summary of all project and after-life achievements and for strengthening further cooperation on the protection of wetland birds and their habitats in Poland. ...więcej

Polish IBA visits LIFE LUTREOLA SPAIN » 2018-11-06
The results obtained under the LIFE project "Polish IBA" were presented on the 6th of November, 2018 at the conference "Final Seminar LIFE LUTREOLA SPAIN: Results obtained and future actions" organized as part of the LIFE LUTREOLA SPAIN project. At the conference Andrzej Zalewski presented a lecture entitled "From tragedy towards hope: American mink invasion in Europe." ...więcej
Biological Conservation journal - new publication on water birds » 2017-07-07
The results of the breeding success analysis for three species of waders were published in the Biological Conservation journal. Analyzes have shown that the removal of American mink increases the breeding success of Lapwings, Common redshank and Black-tailed Godwit from 10% to 70%. The breeding success increased with the number of American minks removed before the breeding season. An additional factor affecting the breeding success of those bird species was the water level at the beginning of the breeding season. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.05.032 ...więcej
Project is co-financed by European Commission and National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in the Life+ Programme.
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