Italian and European organisations
CERM Association – Centro Rapaci Minacciati (Endangered Raptors Centre). The centre makes captive Egyptian vultures available for ex-situ reproduction and release, and collaborates in the implementation of various activities.
VCF Vulture Conservation Foundation. The Foundation collaborates in networking activities involving those who work for the conservation of the Egyptian vulture in Europe.
EEP European Endangered Species Programme of EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria). Collaborates in the project with its coordinator, Antonin Vaidl, in the field of ex-situ reproduction of Egyptian vultures and making juveniles born in captivity ready for release in Italy in European zoological gardens.
LIPU Italian League for Bird Protection. Collaborates in release operations of Egyptian vultures, which take place in the LIPU Gravina di Laterza (TA) park, and with the monitoring and support activities of the released juveniles.
Scientific committee of the project
The project relies on a scientific committee that supports the planning and implementation of work and the monitoring of actions and results. The scientific committee consists of:
Antoni Margalida, University of Lleida (Spain)
Ygal Miller, Israel Nature and Parks Authority (Israel)
Maurizio Sarà, University of Palermo (Italy
José Tavares, Director of the Vulture Conservation Foundation VCF (Switzerland)
The following provide support for and collaborate in the project, above all for release operations, the monitoring of vultures, awareness-raising activities and the dissemination of knowledge:
The Appennino Lucano – Val d’Agri – Lagonegrese National Park authority, the Pollino National Park authority, the Aspromonte National Park authority, the Terra delle Gravine Regional Park, the Murgia Materana National Park authority and the Madonie Regional Natural Park Authority.
The Municipality of Campobello di Mazara (TP) is contributing to the project by making the site of a former landfill available for the construction of a feeding point for migrating Egyptian vultures.
The CUFAA Comando Unità Forestali, Ambientali e Agroalimentari Carabinieri (Command Unit for Forestry, Environmental Protection and Agro-Food Carabinieri) collaborates in the project, in particular by carrying out inspections of areas that are sensitive for the Egyptian vulture with its Anti-poison Dog Units and participating in the planned awareness-raising initiatives.
The Region of Calabria and the Region of Sicily support the project by updating the Natura 2000 cards for the project areas.
The Ministry of the Environment shares the aims and activities of the project and, where possible, facilitates its implementation.
The provincial council of Fuerteventura. It supports the protection activities of the nesting sites, provides supplementary feeding, modifies power lines, improves the centres designed for captive breeding, releases vultures born in captivity and fights against the use of poison.
The provincial council of Lanzarote. It supports the protection activities of the nesting sites, provides supplementary feeding, modifies power lines, releases vultures born in captivity and fights against the use of poison.
Regional government of Andalusia. Supports activities to combat the use of poison, collaborating in particular with the training of personnel of the Canary Islands authorities.