LIFE-FORBIRDS, "Improving lowland forest habitats for birds in Cyprus", LIFE 13 NAT/CY/000176

The LIFE-FORBIRDS  project has three major objectives: (a) to implement conservation / management measures that will substantially improve the ecological conditions of selected bird species listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive occurring in 3 Natura 2000 (SPA) sites, (b), to demonstrate, through the implementation of these pilot conservation management measures, to the Cypriot foresters and other stakeholders the benefits of adopting a more holistic forest management approach that addresses the needs of the birds dwelling in or visiting the forest, and (c) To enhance public awareness of the need to conserve wild birds and combat bird crime within the broader project area.The specific objectives of the project are to: 1. improve food availability in the project sites, in terms of quantity, quality and diversity. 2. improve permanently water availability during the long dry period. 3. improve nesting conditions in the sites. 4. reduce human disturbance through enhanced awareness and limiting access in sensitive areas. 5. restore bird habitats in the sites. 6. introduce management practices that favour birds in routine forest management in Cyprus. 7. contribute to combating bird crime through strict enforcement of legislation and implementation of an effective communication campaign. 8. improve public awareness on the need to conserve bird populations, the value of the Natura 2000 network and the importance of the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument to nature conservation.

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