Today is World Migratory Bird Day, an annual campaign aiming to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.
Protecting migratory bird species can be a real challenge. They travel across country boundaries and jurisdictions and are often subject to multiple threats along their migratory routes. Migratory raptors in particular are at high risk of illegal poaching, collisions with man-made structures and electrocution by power lines as they make their journeys.
Earth Active have been working on multiple projects across the Central Asian Flyway to assess and mitigate threats to migratory raptor species. We use the latest GPS tracking data to assess the risk of potential project locations and have worked to safeguard migrating raptor species from negative impacts. In the last 12 months we have worked on transmission line projects in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, helping to protect Endangered species such as the Egyptian Vulture, Steppe Eagle and Saker Falcon, working to reduce collision risk and developing Action Plans to achieve a net positive impact.
Earth Active also recently worked on assessing, and mitigating, risks to migrating birds for a Wind Power project in the Red Sea flyway in Djibouti, as well as developing a bespoke plan to achieve conservation gains for the local Egyptian Vulture population.