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Protection and return of steppe bird species to the lowlands of Slovakia

Organisation: Združenie Slatinka Website: Added: September 05, 2023
Project start date: December 01, 2022
Project end date: November 30, 2028


The project is aimed at the protection and restoration of habitats that represent potentially suitable habitats for selected ten species of birds of European importance: black-tailed godwit, white-tailed grebe, red-footed grebe, blue-footed sandpiper, ruffed duck, peregrine falcon, wood screech, field swan, wheel magpie and magpie ordinary. The project areas are predominantly wet and dry steppe biotopes with shallow wetlands degraded by intensive agriculture, inappropriate management or, conversely, the lack of appropriate management. Currently, the unfavorable condition of selected biotopes persists for a long time, which leads to a decrease in the number of populations of selected bird species or their complete abandonment of habitats. The key objective of the project is to reduce the strong negative impact on the target species and their habitats by setting appropriate management measures such as: restoration of extensive pastures, restoration of the water regime and wetlands, as well as the creation of nesting opportunities.

Financial data

Total budget of all partners together: €6,657,659.55, of which co-financing from EU sources: €4,460,630.00. SOS/BirdLife Slovakia budget: €4,903,516.30.


The project is a good example of setting up appropriate management measures in selected locations, thanks to which it will be possible to restore or significantly increase the population of selected target bird species

Information sources

BROZ, Birdlife Slovakia

Other info

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.