The main objective of the project is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of actions aimed at combating environmental crimes in Portugal and Spain, especially those committed against Wildlife.
A large number of species of wildlife, including birds in Annex I of the Birds Directive and considered by the Ornis Committee as to be priority financed by Life+ Program, suffer in Spain and Portugal the loss of thousands of specimens due to criminal acts such as shooting, intentional poisoning, illegal trafficking or the destruction of their habitat. Nowadays most of these actions enjoy of a high level of impunity, with little resolution of cases, low prosecution and sentencing in criminal proceedings, which poses a threat to the recovery of their populations.
This situation indicates, moreover, the lack of sensitivity and knowledge of certain sectors of society about the value of Europe’s natural heritage and the importance of its conservation. This situation could be corrected through the implementation of measures promoting better compliance with environmental legislation and the improvement of investigation, information and awareness on criminal actions and their impact on the environment.
SEO/BirdLife is the coordinating partner of the project; and the Service for the Protection of Nature (Seprona) of the Guardia Civil, the Junta de Andalucía and the Portuguese Society for or Study of Birds (SPEA) are beneficiary partners.
The project has a budget of € 1,974,932, of which the European Commission finances 60%, through the Life Program. In addition, it has the co-financing of: