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Our mission

Our mission

The project actions aim to reverse the unfavourable status of Great Bustard and Red-footed Falcon, increase availability of prey sources, safety of breeding birds, improve breeding conditions, increase breeding success and enable interaction with core population. Thus general conditions for long-term growth of population of both species in SK-HU-AT region will be significantly improved. Degradation of the land will be prevented and overall biodiversity will increase.

Main objectives of the project are to:

- Implement the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of the Middle−European Population of the Great Bustard and strengthen international cooperation in the HU−AT−SK border region.

- Increase stability of the population of Great Bustard and Red-footed Falcon in middle Europe.

- Establish/maintain viable breeding population of both species in the project area and improvethe status of migrating (Red-footed Falcon) and wintering population (Great Bustard);

- Prevent extinction/halt the decline and improve conditions for growth of both species in the border region of Slovakia and Hungary (directly) as well as in Austria (indirectly).

- Create/support connection with other subpopulations especially from core breeding areas inHungary.

- Improve availability and quality of prey and decrease energy losses by significantly increasingthe area of land under proper management; restore and increase surface of breeding and feedinghabitat.

- Decrease disturbance, create safe nesting conditions, increase breeding success, improvenatural breeding conditions.

- Increase involvement of key stakeholders (land owners/users, decision makers, natureconservation authorities, municipalities) and increase awareness to support the sustainability of theproject. The aim is to promote approaches that result in increase of insects and overall biodiversity on the farm land.

- Follow the objectives of the CAP and promote the proper farming methods as well as policystrategies on national and international level.

- Build upon and cooperate with an ongoing projects; the project will also use best practice methods of another LIFE and initiatives implemented in the area previously.


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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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