Consolidating and expanding the Cinereous Vulture Population in Portugal


by Palombar

It is a non-profit entity whose mission is, among others, to conserve biodiversity, wild, forest and agricultural ecosystems. Guided by a pedagogical and cooperative approach, it also promotes scientific research in the areas of Ecology, Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management, environmental education, community development and the dynamisation of the rural world. It has the following main objectives of action:

  • To encourage the recovery, preservation and conservation of nature;
  • Defence of the environment;
  • Recovery and preservation of the rural built and cultural heritage;
  • Sustainable development of rural communities.

The LIFE Program of the European Union is funding the “LIFE Aegypius return” project, which was approved this year. Its primary goal is to expand and consolidate the European Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) population in Portugal and western Spain with the goal of doubling the breeding population of this species in the region within the next few years. The Black Vulture’s threat category should be raised from “Critically Endangered” to at least “Endangered” in order to boost its reproductive success. The Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF), which also serves as the project’s national coordinator, has a number of other partners in addition to Palombar.

Actions of the central strands of Sentinelas, which began in 2019, are at stake. These strands include assessing the vulnerability of wild fauna species to the illegal use of poisons, examining social perceptions and tolerance levels of various interest groups towards wild fauna species, and monitoring, through GPS devices, sentinel species of birds and mammals that are most affected by various forms of illegal persecution as well as by other types of threats of anthropogenic origin.

Key Ecosystems

Mix of rocky ecosystems and mature mediterranean woodlands.

Key Species

Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus).

Project Managers
Miguel Nóvoa e José Pereira

Responsible Associate
Frederico Silva Pinto and Pedro Vaz Pinto

Place of action
ZPE Rios Sabor e Maçãs, ZPE Douro Internacional and Vale do Águeda

Implementation period
60 months
(January 2022 to December 2026)

€ 107.414

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