Eleni Karatzia

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The Balkans participate at the international conference on wildlife crime

The crime against wildlife poses a significant threat to biodiversity. Poisoning, illegal hunting, trapping, collisions, and electrocution are serious crimes against wildlife that are often overlooked and not effectively prosecuted. Addressing these crimes adequately requires collaboration among various organizations and authorities, as well as relevant training and knowledge to enable competent authorities to handle such […]

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First National Anti-Poisoning Training Course with the BalkanDetox LIFE project

Serbia: First National Anti-Poisoning Training Course

In November 2023, 20 veterinary pathologists from Serbia attended the first national anti-poisoning training course. An initiative of the BalkanDetox LIFE project inspired by the Wildlife Crime Academy aimed to build capacity for better wildlife crime investigation in the country.   The First National Anti-Poisoning Training Course in Serbia  Organised in the framework of the BalkanDetox Life Project, the training’s

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Health of children most susceptible to pesticide misuse

New video and study: The hidden health risks of pesticide misuse

Pesticide misuse brings hidden dangers, casting a shadow over our daily lives and overall health. The consequences of mishandling these toxic substances reach far beyond their intended purpose to combat pests, posing a grave threat to human health, particularly among vulnerable groups such as children. In reality, a single misstep with pesticides can lead to

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Strengthening wildlife crime prosecution: Hopeful step with new police sector in Bulgaria

Hope arises for stronger prosecution of illegal wildlife poisoning and other wildlife crimes in Bulgaria, as the country establishes a dedicated police sector within the Ministry of the Interior, a momentous leap forward in protecting wildlife and its natural heritage. The newly formed “Crimes against the Environment and Wildlife” sector, operating under the Economic Police

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New video vividly illustrates the vicious cycle of illegal wildlife poisoning

Illegal wildlife poisoning is a cruel and harmful practice. Despite being banned in many countries, it remains a prevalent method to eliminate animals perceived as pests or predators. However, the consequences extend far beyond the intended targets, affecting other wildlife and even humans. Leaving poison baits in open areas initiates a vicious cycle, indiscriminately killing

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Group photo with participants and professors of the Wildlife Crime Academy Level 3 Course © Antonio Atienza Fuerte

Wildlife Crime Academy produces 44 experts in Wildlife Crime Investigation and Analysis from 9 countries in Europe

With the successful conclusion of the Wildlife Crime Academy‘s Level 3 Supreme Course on Wildlife Crime Analysis and Intelligence last Thursday, 20 April, in Málaga (Spain), the fight against wildlife crime has reached new heights, especially in terms of wildlife crime prosecution. The forty-four passionate participants from nine countries across Europe who obtained qualifications in

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How can electric fences help save vultures from unintentional poisoning in Greece

How can electric fences support the recovery of vultures? Vultures face a significant threat from unintentional poisoning in the Balkans and worldwide. To tackle this issue, our partners focus on addressing the root cause. They are helping farmers in Greece prevent damages caused by animals on their livestock or crops through the installation of electric

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One of the two Bonelli’s Eagles that died from poisoning in Cyprus © Game and Fauna Service

First illegal wildlife poisoning conviction achieved in Cyprus

Today, we are moving away from the Balkans to share a milestone in the fight against illegal wildlife poisoning in Cyprus, where for the first time, prosecuting authorities issued a €21,000 fine for poisoning and killing wild birds. The fine represents a big step forward that will hopefully have a strong deterrent effect on poisoning

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The dead Cinereous Vulture Praha-Liberec during the necropsy © ANIMA

Cinereous Vulture reintroduced in Bulgaria dies in Greece

On the last day of 2022, the Cinereous Vulture ‘Praha-Liberec,’ reintroduced in Bulgaria, was found dead in Greece. Based on the circumstances of the incident and the necropsy results, we suspect illegal poisoning killed the vulture. But, we are still pending the toxicology analysis results to confirm the cause of death.  Released in Bulgaria to

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