Malta Seabird Project

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EU LIFE+ Malta Seabird Project aims to create an inventory of marine Important Bird Areas (IBAs) for three seabird species; the Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan), the Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea), and the European Storm Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus).
 It is by far the largest research project  focusing on the populations of these globally important seabird colonies in Malta. The project builds on the knowledge obtained by the previous LIFE Yelkouan Shearwater Project completed in 2010 and through state of the art technologies aims to identify areas at sea that will be proposed for protection by the Maltese government.
The LIFE+ Malta Seabird Project is led by BirdLife Malta in collaboration with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and SPEA (BirdLife in Portugal).  
The Project started in September 2011 and will run untill June 2016. It is 50% co-funded by the EU’s LIFE+ programme, with additional financial contribution from the partner organisations. The total cost of implementing this Project is estimated to be €873,964, with an EU contribution of €436,982.
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Partners and Co-beneficiaries:

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 8:23:20 AM