Eleni Karatzia

Detecting poisoned baits in Greece while investigating an incident © Dimitris Vavylis/ HOS

Adoption of operational protocols in the new Joint Ministerial Decision tackling wildlife poisoning in Greece

A crucial step has recently been taken in Greece toward safeguarding threatened species like vultures against illegal poisoned baits! After years of efforts, the new Joint Ministerial Decision (JMD) regarding the problem of wildlife poisoning has been issued thanks to our Greek project partners at the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) and other institutions. This JMD outlines the necessary …

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Boosting capacities to improve wildlife crime prosecution across 13 countries

More than 30 professionals from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa recently specialized in the forensic and police investigation of wildlife crime to improve investigation and prosecution results in their respective countries after participating in the Level 2 Advanced Course of the Wildlife Crime Academy. Wildlife crimes like poisoning and poaching can disrupt natural ecosystems, …

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Illegal wildlife poisoning depletes Balkan biodiversity yet only 1% of cases reach court

The illegal use of poisonous substances in the environment to target ‘undesirable’ animals depletes biodiversity and threatens public health, yet it continues to go unnoticed and unpunished according to the recent Balkan Vultures Poison Study 2022 conducted within the BalkanDetox LIFE project, funded by the EU’s LIFE Programme. The illegal use of poison baits is not only a …

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Serious poisoning incident causes mass mortality of protected birds in Serbia

Serious poisoning incident causes mass mortality of protected birds in Serbia

It has been a terrible past few days for poisoning mortality, with grave damage caused. On the same day, two Balkan countries suffered significant losses due to illegal animal poisoning ­– Bulgaria lost four Cinereous Vultures and Serbia eleven protected birds. Mass poisoning hits Serbia On Monday, 14 March 2022, a suspected poisoning incident took the lives …

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New video explores the phenomenon of wildlife poisoning in Albania through the years

Did you know that wildlife poisoning was not treated as a crime in Albania until 2019? A new video sheds light on the different aspects relating to wildlife poisoning in Albania, taking a look at the past and present.   The Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS) created the video within the framework of the Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project (BAPP) …

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Educational workshops in the areas defined as hotspots for wildlife poisoning in Albania

Educational workshops in the areas defined as hotspots for wildlife poisoning in Albania

The practice of wildlife poisoning in Albania has started before the 90s to eradicate different carnivore species. Currently, this phenomenon is still present, becoming the leading cause for the decline or extinction of wildlife populations, especially vultures. As part of the BalkanDetox LIFE project, local project partners, like PPNEA (Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in …

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Appropriate response to poisoning incident prevents mass mortality of 18 Griffon Vultures in North Macedonia

A recent poisoning incident involving many dogs in the Republic of North Macedonia put the local Griffon Vulture population in imminent danger. The good news is that swift and appropriate action prevented this potential disaster. The local partners of the BalkanDetox LIFE project, the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), worked together with the relevant authorities and handled the incident …

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Tagging and releasing rescued Griffon Vultures in Croatia

Croatia is one of the few places hosting Griffon Vultures that nest in cliffs right above the sea – typically, the species prefers mountainous areas. During the breeding season, sometimes inexperienced, newly hatched Griffon Vultures fall into the sea from their nests, and conservationists mobilise special rescue operations to save their lives. This summer, several …

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Progress review: The first year of BalkanDetox LIFE

In the one year since the launch BalkanDetox LIFE, the project partners have achieved a lot in terms of strengthening national capacities to fight wildlife poisoning and raise awareness about the problem across seven Balkan countries. In this blog post, we review the progress and key achievements of the project so far. Cooperation with relevant governmental …

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Wildlife Crime Academy Advanced Course

Wildlife Crime Academy: Advanced Course equips participants to improve forensic and police investigation on poisoning incidents in the Balkans and beyond

In today’s conservation work, combating wildlife crime is essential to effectively protect and preserve certain species. The sad reality is that people behind serious wildlife crimes like poisoning and poaching usually go unpunished. And impunity facilitates these illegal activities to continue, exploiting and killing wildlife in the meantime. The Wildlife Crime Academy (WCA), organised by the Vulture …

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