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Raptor Protection of Slovakia (RPS)

Raptor Protection of Slovakia (RPS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose activities are focused on 4 programme areas:

(i) survey and on-site protection of birds of prey and owls and their habitats,

(ii) addressing bird crime, electrocution, and collisions of birds with electric lines

(iii) lobbying for sound biodiversity policies, strategies and incentives and elaboration of conservation management plans and

(iv) environmental education a public awareness.

In the first two programme areas, RPS plays a leading role in Slovakia. It started as an informal Group for Research of Raptors and Owls in 1975 and transformed into an organization with the same name in 1999. Since 2004 it is known as Raptor Protection of Slovakia. Decades-long records of monitoring data and profound expertise in the ecology and biology of birds of prey and owls are the main strength of the organization. RPS has 120 members - experts that operate in the whole of Slovakia. Their activities are coordinated through the central office in Bratislava. RPS cooperates with a broad range of partners from both public and private sectors including the Ministries, State Nature Conservancy, Energy supply companies, Police, municipalities, and nature conservation authorities on the local and regional level. It also engages in cooperation with conservation organizations in other, mostly European countries. Until today, the RPS has successfully implemented more than 100 projects and participated in 8 LIFE projects focused on the conservation of birds of prey, the Great Bustard, bird crime, collisions with electric lines, and electrocution. RPS was involved either as the Coordinating Beneficiary (LIFE13 NAT/SK/001272 ENERGY, LIFE09 NAT/SK/000396 APOMARINA_SK, LIFE03NAT/SK/000098 AQUILA HELIACA) or as the Associated Beneficiary (LIFE15 NAT/HU/000902 PannonEagleLife, LIFE11/NAT/HU/000926 REDFOOT, LIFE09 NAT/HU/000384 Falco cherrug B-H-R-S, LIFE06 NAT/HU/000096 Falco cherrug-Hu/SK, LIFE05NAT/SK/000115 OTISSK).

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LIFE Steppe on border project, „Long-term conservation of Great Bustard and Red-footed Falcon in border region of Hungary and Slovakia“, (LIFE20 NAT/SK/001077) is co-funded by the European Union from the LIFE Programme. The project implementation is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary and Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic as co-financiers. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union, CINEA, Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary or the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic. Neither the European Union, the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary, the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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