Adriatic Flyway Conference 2009

Bringing experts together

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Though rare, the hoopoe falls victim to bird hunters again and again.

© Günter Bachmeier

The main focus of the Adriatic Flyway conference was on the protection of migratory birds along the Adriatic Flyway. The conference took place from 14 to 18 April 2009 in Ulcinjl, Montenegro, and was organised by EuroNatur in collaboration with various partners. Guided tours during the conference offered an ideal chance to get to know this almost unknown part of Europe.


Why the Adriatic Flyway Conference?

The aim of the conference was to point out the crucial importance of the coast between Slovenia and Albania for the protection of migratory birds. Therefore, EuroNatur brought together decision makers, nature conservation experts, and ornithologists from the Balkans and from all over the world. The conference offered the opportunity to exchange first-hand information and make new contacts in order to promote bird protection on the Balkans. Another topic was the enormous potential the Balkan region offers for sustainable nature tourism – a potential that has hardly been exploited so far.


Clear requests - the "Ulcinj Declaration"

The members of the conference outlined the most important results in the “Ulcinj Declaration”. This declaration was signed by EuroNatur and other representatives of important agreements for the protection of migratory birds in Europe like the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), BirdLife International, the Council of Europe, the Ramsar Convention, and Wetlands International. The statement requests stronger committment of  politicians and decision makers.

Further information

Press release from 20 April 2009

Download here the "Ulcinj Declaration" (pdf-file, 240 kb)

Download the proceedings of the I. Adriatic Flyway Conference: "Adriatic Flyway – Closing the Gap in Bird Conservation, 2010" (pdf, 7,9 Mb)

For further information please contact Stefan Ferger:

Informationen on the Bojana-Buna-Delta, in which the conference took place offers the study "Rapid assessment of the Ecological Value of the Bojana-Buna-Delta".

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