20 years of LIFE! – Muster of our most precious natural values

The European Union launched its LIFE programme, a funding instrument to support environmental policy 20 years ago, in 1992. Due to its co-financed projects the Hungarian populations of the Red-footed Falcon, the Great Bustard and the Saker Falcon have increased; the Hungarian Meadow Viper has escaped extinction, environmentally compatible habitat management of grasslands has been revived as well as the wildlife of the alkaline steppes of the Hortobágy.

Raptor killings at a scale never seen before during the first quarter year

Direct persecution of protected and strictly protected species of Birds of Prey was always a problem in Hungary. In the first months of the year, this has reached a level never experienced before. During this period, 72 victims of protected and strictly protected species have turned up already. The combined conservation value of them is more than 20 million forints, but the real number is most likely multiple of this.

Imperial Eagle was shot near Túrkeve

A young Imperial Eagle was shot dead with a shot-gun near the town, Túrkeve. The incident happened in February, but the cause of death got only revealed now. The perpetrator may face up to three years of prison. The Hortobágyi National Park pressed charges against the perpetrator for damaging nature- Ákos Monoki, associate of the HNP, said.

MME’s new LIFE programme to fight bird crime has started

Crime against birds showed a dramatic increase in the past few years. MME was awarded financial support by the EU’s LIFE conservation fund hand in hand with eight other partner organizations. The goal of the project is to stop the persecution of birds, primarily the Imperial Eagles. We held our first press conference of the five-year program in the headquarters of the National Investigation Office.

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