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About the project

CONSERVATION OF WHITE STORKS (Ciconia ciconia) IN LITHUANIA

PROJECT AREA:   LITHUANIA

BUDGET:

  • totas budget: 2,425,168 €
  • 50 % EK part: 1,212,584 €

DURATION:  01/01/2009  -   31/03/2013

PROJECT PARTNERS

PROJECT AIM:

THE MAIN AIM OF THE PROJECT - to ensure long-term effective protection and favourable conservation status of the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) in Lithuania. Since this species is widely distributed in Lithuania, this aim will be achieved by implementing actions affecting the species in the entire country.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT ARE:

  • Prepare White Stork species action plan for Lithuania
  • Carry out detailed inventory of White Stork nests on the entire territory of Lithuania and create of the GIS based White Stork nest database
  • Erect at least 3260 nesting platforms for White Storks on overhead electricity line poles instead of the existing nests
  • Erect at least 500 nesting platforms on building roofs in place of problematic nests
  • Evaluate White Stork protection level and select the most valuable areas for the species
  • Increase public awareness as regards the White Stork biology, ecology, conservation needs through various means
ACTIONS AND MEANS INVOLVED:
Preparatory actions include:
  • Inventory of White Stork nests in Lithuania,
  • Elaboration of White Stork nest GIS database and data analysis,
  • Elaboration of White Stork nest management measures,
  • Adjustment of legislation related to the protection of White Stork nests,
  • Elaboration of White Stork species action plan for Lithuania
  • Identification of most important sites for White Storks in Lithuania.
Concrete actions in this project will be aimed at the protection of White Stork nests – Erection of nesting platforms on overhead electricity line poles in Eastern and Western Lithuania and Erection of nesting platforms on roofs of buildings.

A very important component of the project will be comprised of various public awareness and information activities:
  • Production and distribution of project leaflets,
  • Production and erection of project notice boards,
  • Creation and maintenance of project website,
  • Development and maintenance of interactive on-line White Stork nest GIS-based website,
  • Set-up of White Stork nest web-cams,
  • Drafting, production and distribution of a book on the White Stork in Lithuania,
  • Production of a film on the White Stork in Lithuania,
  • Public awareness raising in media,
  • Public events – the White Stork Day,
  • Production of Layman’s report.
  • Finally project management activities are foreseen as well as monitoring of the project achievements, networking with other projects and project audit.

EXPECTED RESULTS:
  • Complete detailed White Stork inventory covering the entire country, with data stored in a GIS database for easy management activity planning, data analysis, updating and presentation. The database will also be made accessible on-line for public information.
  • Legal issues related to the White Stork nest conservation analysed and solved, nest protection measures improved.
  • White Stork Species Action Plan prepared and officially approved by the Ministry of Environment before the end of the project.
  • Level of current White Stork protection in Lithuania examined and areas most important for White Storks identified.
  • At least 2,260 nests of White Storks managed by installing artificial nesting platforms on overhead electricity line poles and roofs of buildings.
  • Awareness of the general public increased through the mass media, project leaflets, website, film, book, on-line nest database, public events.