Adriatic Flyway Conference 2018

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The Kentish Plover also uses the Adriatic Flyway for its migration. © Juergen Schneider
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Participants of the 3rd Adriatic Flyway Conference in front of the National Park Hotel © Stefan Ferger/EuroNatur

The 3rd Adriatic Flyway Conference to be organised by EuroNatur and its partner organisation The Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia was held in Serbia’s Fruška Gora national park from March 19th to 23rd 2018. There the latest findings about the monitoring of migratory bird populations, their current state and the ecological dynamics of their habitats along the Adriatic Flyway were presented and discussed by representatives of the Serbian government and the more than 80 international experts and members of conservation organisations attending.

Multiple dangers faced by these globetrotters

The destruction of wetlands by activities in agriculture, infrastructure and tourism presents an enormous threat to migratory birds. A further serious problem is posed by breaches of the regulations concerning the hunting of birds. “In theory the laws to protect birds are good, but now the responsible authorities need to improve their enforcement with criminal prosecutions,” says the head of EuroNatur Gabriel Schwaderer at the conference. Confirmation also comes from the European Union. In its progress report on Serbia's accession to the State Union of 17 April 2018 states that the degree of approximation in the field of nature conservation is still very slow and many gaps in hunting regulations have not yet been closed. The EU calls on Serbia to fully incorporate its standards on banned capture and killing methods for wild animals into all hunting legislation.

Declaration for the protection of birds

At the conclusion of the conference, those attending voted to adopt the Fruška Gora declaration. In this, they express their great concern about the dramatic impact the illegal killing and poisoning of wild birds is having and call on the governments of the Balkan states to increase their efforts to fight these illegal activities by ensuring they are consistently enforced. International collaboration between governments and stakeholders will be necessary if existing problems are to be tackled successfully.

The Declaration adopted by all participants of the Conference on 22 March 2018

Fruska_Gora_Declaration.pdf

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