This is already the seventh LIFE project supported by the European Commission which our organization is running. Previous projects were respectively aimed at the conservation of rare and endangered species of birds: Imperial Eagle, Great Bustard, Saker falcon, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Red-footed Falcon.
Project LIFE Energy will be implemented in thirteen SPAs (Special Protection Areas) in the period of 1st September 2014 - 31st December 2019 and is aimed at protecting the ten priority bird species. The full project title is "Energy in the land - power lines and conservation of priority bird species in the Natura 2000 sites" and the coordinating beneficiary of the project is a non-governmental organization: Raptor Protection of Slovakia. Project partners and associated beneficiaries are organizations Východoslovenská distribučná, a.s., Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s., Univerzita Veterinárskeho lekárstva a farmácie v Košiciach and the State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic.
Our organization is concerned with the effects of overhead electrical power lines on birds both longterm and systematic. For over 20 years we have worked with energy companies throughout Slovakia solving the problem of bird electrocution in contact with the structure of the column 22kV voltage. From about 1990, we began to develop and test insulators and structures for prevention of the cause. Today, any competent energy companies are involved in reducing the number of bird deaths due to electric shocks through the use of suitable types of barriers against abutment, and eco-insulators allowed safety abutment and the use of a suitable type of construction.
Project LIFE Energy is the first project with a systematic approach to solving the problem of bird collisions with power lines through the design of suitable methods for the identification and elimination of risks. The project also aims to create better feeding and breeding conditions, for the rehabilitation of animals injured in collisions with obstacles.
Project number: LIFE13 NAT/SK/001272
Project title: Energy in the land - power lines and conservation of priority bird species in Natura 2000 sites
Project acronym: LIFE ENERGY
Programme: LIFE +
Main donor: European Commission
Coordinating Beneficiary: Raptor Protection of Slovakia
Východoslovenská distribučná, a.s.
Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s.
University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice
State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic
Start date: 01.09.2014
End date: 31.12.2019
A1 Elaboration of methodology for identification of dangerous power lines and solutions
C1 Installation of bird flight diverters on the most dangerous power lines
C2 Restoration of windbreaks
C3 Creating of nesting opportunities
C4 Care for disabled individuals
C5 Restoration of colonies of Spermophilus citellus in SKCHVU027
D1 Monitoring of the impact of installation of bird flight diverters and restoration of windbreaks
D2 Monitoring of the impact of installation of nest boxes and artificial nests
D3 Monitoring of the restored colonies of Spermophilus citellus
D4 Assess of the socio-economic impact of the project
E1 Traveling exhibition Energy in the land
E2 Design and installation of notice boards
E3 Design and operate project web page
E4 Project communication and dissemination of results
E5 Communication with stakeholders
E6 Layman's Report
E7 Elaboration of a
F1 Project management, monitoring and reporting
F2 Hold Steering Committee Meetings
F3 Networking with other LIFE and/or non-LIFE projects
F4 Independent Audit
F5 After LIFE Conservation Plan