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The project Polish Important Bird Areas no. LIFE09 NAT/PL/000263 aims in implementation and improvement of the active protection of water-marsh birds in areas of great natural interest in five national parks: Biebrza National Park, Drawa NP, Narew NP, Warta Mouth NP, and Słowiński NP, by simultaneous improvement of habitat conditions and curbing the pressure of invasive alien predatory species, particularly the American mink and the Common raccoon. The project is supposed to bring to an increase in the breeding success of water-marsh birds that will result in the growing numbers of these birds, and as a consequence biodiversity in protected areas will be preserved.
Project is financed by European Commission (838 951 Euro) and National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (753 456 Euro) in the frame of Life+ Programme, with total budget of 1 677 902 Euro.
Conference: New challenges in controlling the spread of IAS in nature » 2015-10-21
On 13th-14th October 2015, the General Directorate of Environmental Protection in Warsaw organized a conference on controlling the spread of invasive alien species (IAS) of plants and animals.

Among the others there was IAS predators issue raised. Project Coordinator, Dr hab. Andrzej Zalewski, presented a lecture on limiting the number of mink in national parks, based on the experiences of the project LIFE+ "Polish Important Birds Areas".

There have been prospects for further actions in the fight against invasions discussed. There have been also presented plans for national legislative changes in the light of planned changes to EU legislation. More details on the event page.
"Nasza Biebrza" magazine again on the mink » 2015-01-29
"Nasza Biebrza" (Our Biebrza) has recently published the list of winners in the poetry competition on the american mink in Polish environment.

Kids were great and they felt perfectly where to put the stress when writing about role of this invasive predator in local conditions.

More in "Nasza Biebrza" magazine (in Polish), page 7.

2015 calendar published » 2014-11-14
The new calendar of Life + project " Polish Important Bird Areas" has been published. It will distributed in MRI PAS in Białowieża and in the offices of all parks participating in the project. It is also available in pdf.
Project is co-financed by European Commission and National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in the Life+ Programme.
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