Egyptian Vulture New Life


The EV New LIFE is a follow up to the project The Return of the Neophron and will attempt to reverse the negative trend and achieve sustainable growth of EV population on the Balkans (80% decline over the last 30 years). Hence, the specific objectives are set to three overarching goals:


  1. Reduce adult mortality by minimizing losses due to deliberate or accidental poisoning, direct persecution, electrocution and collisions with energy infrastructures in the breeding grounds, at migration bottlenecks and wintering congregation sites;
  2. Reinforce the breeding population on the Balkans by deploying a targeted pilot restocking programme to boost population recovery;
  3. Increase awareness of and support for EV conservation through relevant stakeholders engagement.


14 countries in the Balkans, Middle East & Africa ​

Coordinating Beneficiary: BSPB / BirdLife Bulgaria
Associated Beneficiaries: HOS, WWF Greece, RSPB, CMS Raptors MoU, BL Middle East, BL Africa, DD, APLORI, Green Balkans

DURATION: 01/07/2017 – 31/12/2022

Aims and activities in Albania

Aim : reduce the main threats for the EV in the breeding grounds (evidence based approach).
List of actions:

  • A1: Investigate the impact of agriculture chemicals as poisoning agents to inform response strategy
  • A2: Identify and evaluate the use of veterinary drugs affecting the species
  • A3: Evaluate the magnitude of damages to EV due to poisoning, electrocution and illegal killing
  • A4: Develop ethnographic study to inform the communication strategy and public awareness campaigns
  • A5: Develop Project Communication Strategy and Annual Communication Plans 
  • C1: Pilot establishment of controlled local carcass dumps to support non territorial birds at key sites 
  • C4: Reduce loss of individuals due to power generation and power supply (wind turbine collision and electrocution) 
  • D1: Monitor the Impact of the Project Activities on the Target Species and the Conservation Status of the SPAs and other project sites.  
  • D2: Assess the Socio-economic Impact of the Project Actions on the Local Economy and Population 
  • D3: Assess the project’s impact on the ecosystem functions 
  • E1: A Mile for the EV: campaign to communicate main threats to EV to local population and general public in key countries from along the flyway 
  • E2: Creation of a Balkan Network of Stakeholders Against Wildlife Poisoning 
  • E3: Influence governments to secure appropriate changes of legislation regarding the use of dangerous pesticides and VMPs 
  • E4: Develop local capacity to combat illegal killing and trafficking of birds along the flyway 
  • E5: Develop community understanding and involvement in activities concerning EV and create local caretakers 
  • E6: Ensure effective national and international media coverage of the project  E7: Assess the knowledge and attitudes of key stakeholders in representative areas to EV 
  • E10: Upgrade and maintain the project website and Internet presence, including operational web-based tools to facilitate communication within the project team 
  • E11: Develop and install external communication at project sites (signboards) 
  • E12: Produce communication material to promote the species conservation among targeted audiences along the flyway

Contact Us


Mobile: +355 69 20 60 817 


Address: Ymer Kurti Street, Olympia Center, 2nd Floor, Entry 24, Tirana, Albania