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Organizer: Raptor Protection of Slovakia, Kuklovská 5, SK-841 04 Bratislava, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: +421 2 555 73 440, +421 911 882 626

Partners: Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic, MME/BirdLife Hungary, Česká společnost ornitologická

The electronical version of the Proceedings from the 7th International Conference on the Conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle is available here.

We would like to thank to all authors who provided the full articles. The Proceedings will be distributed in printed version among authors and other experts. For more information please send an e-mail to ie@dravce.sk.


The final extended deadline for submitting full articles for the Conference Proceedings is 28th October. Articles presented during the Conference are welcomed, as well as other articles that concerns the Eastern Imperial Eagle. Please see the Instructions for authors here .


The 7th International Conference on the Conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle is over

The 7th International Conference on the Conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle was held between 2nd and 5th of October in Baronka hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia. Over 40 experts participated and presented results from 10 countries. 18 prestentations and 5 posters were presented. Within the Conference several accompanying events were held:

  • excursion to Imperial Eagle breeding sites in the surroundings of the Conference venue,
  • demonstration of work of dog specially trained in Hungary for searching poisoned baits and birds, 
  • exhibition of drawings and paintings of children from Visegrad region,
  • sightseeing of Bratislava city centre. 

Within the Conference a Workshop was held in order to start the process of updating the present International Action Plan for the species from 1996.

The Conference was held with the auspices of the Ministry of environment, with the financial support of International Visegrad fund and with expert support of MME/BirdLife Hungary and ČSO/BirdLife Czech republic. The organizers would like to thank to everyone who contributed to the organisation and implementation of the conference and to all of the participants for valuable data and experience.

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7th International Conference on the Conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle 2-5 October 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia

  1. 43 experts from 10 countries participated at the Conference, 18 presentations were held and 5 posters were presented, 
  2. Current population status and trends of Eastern Imperial Eagle from following countries have been presented: Slovakia, Hungary, Czech republic, Austria, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Russia and Kazakhstan. 
  3. Participants welcomed slightly increasing trend or stabilization of population in some range countries resulting from systematic implementation of the conservation measures in last years. Participants have noted that improving situation is observed particularly in the countries of Visegrad region, namely in Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic) and that these countries may share best practice lessons with other range countries. Participants have allege that the population of Visegrad region is important for the conservation of European population of the EIE. 
  4. Strong anthropic pressure is significantly influencing the distribution and size of the population as well as the habitat preferences of the species. Illegal activities (poisoning, shooting, nest robberies) were mentioned as the most serious threats. Mutual cooperation with stakeholders (hunters, pigeon fanciers and others) is crucial to prevent illegal activities as well as to prevent the disturbance of feeding and breeding habitats. It is necessary to undertake also other measures to prevent, identify and solve the cases of illegal activities. 
  5. Cooperation with Electric Companies is necessary to protect nests on electric pylons (Macedonia) and to prevent electrocution and collisions with power lines. Electrocution shows to remain serious threat for the species in the whole area of distribution. 
  6. Systematic monitoring is missing in some countries or in some parts of particular countries. Based on the data of EIE population surveys in Anatolia it can be concluded that this westernmost protrusion of Asia can hold probably the largest population of EIE in the world after Russia and Kazakhstan. Systematic monitoring and capacity building should be ensured. 
  7. A lot of satellite tagged birds are being killed by electrocution in the regions where the conservation efforts are missing (Anatolia). Shooting is also a problem for birds on migration. Conservation measures should be improved in those countries important for the species, where such measures are insufficient or are missing. 
  8. Other threats mentioned: habitat degradation and fragmentation, wind farms, traffic collisions. Actions should be undertaken to eliminate these threats by participation in strategic and spatial planning and implementation. 
  9. Satellite and radio telemetry significantly contributes to improve our knowledge about the species and to more effective conservation efforts. 
  10. Current Action Plan: Heredia, B. (1996) is based on data from 1993. It is the only action plan that has not been updated for so long time. The participants agreed on the necessity to update the Action Plan. First version of the draft Action Plan will be prepared and distributed in 2014. During the conference workshops were held to identify and discuss about the threats as well as the reasons and to identify main objectives and actions that needs to be undertaken, problem tree was worked out. 
  11. The conference appreciates and accepts the proposition to hold the 8th International Conference on the Conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle in 2018 in Russia.

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Janos Bagyura

Hungary

MME BirdLife Hungary

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Szelényi Balázs

Hungary

Körös-Maros National Park Directorate

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Kordian Bartoszuk

Poland

"Aquila"

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Rinur Bekmansurov

Russia

Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network

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Michael Bierbaumer

Austria

AURING - Biologische Station March-Thaya-Auen

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Gabor Deak

Hungary

BirdLife Hungary

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Dimitar Demerdzhiev

Bulgaria

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

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Lucia Deutschová

Slovakia

RPS

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Dobromir Dobrev

Bulgaria

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

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Miroslav Dravecký

Slovakia

RPS

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Miklos Dudas

Hungary

Hortobagy National Park Directorate

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Konrad Edelbacher

Austria

BirdLife Austria

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Imre Fater

Hungary

BirdLife Hungary

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Igor Fefelov

Russia

Research Institute of Biology at Irkutsk State University

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Jozsef Fidloczky

Hungary

Bükk National Park Directorate

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Gradimir Gradev

Bulgaria

Green Balkans - Stara Zagora NGO

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Zuzana Guziova

Slovakia

RPS

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David Horal

Czech republic

Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection of the Czech Republic

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Marton Horvath

Hungary

BirdLife Hungary

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Jozef Chavko

Slovakia

RPS

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Hans Jerrentrup

Greece

Society for Protection of Nature and Ecodevelopment

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Tibor Juhász

Hungary

Hortobágy National Park Directorate

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Igor Karyakin

Russia

Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network

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Andras Kovacs

Hungary

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Emanuel Lisichanets

Macedonia

Nature Conservation Association -AQUILA Macedonia

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Boris Maderič

Slovakia

RPS

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Ákos Monoki

Hungary

Hortobágy National Park Directorate

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Vladimir Nemcek

Slovakia

Raptor Protection of Slovakia

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Elvira Nikolenko

Russia

Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network

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Matyas Prommer

Hungary

Bükk National Park Directorate

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Matej Repel

Slovakia

SOS/BirdLife Slovensko

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Istvan Sandor

Hungary

MME BirdLife Hungary

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Svetoslav Spasov

Bulgaria

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

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Stoycho Stoychev

Bulgaria

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

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Nikola Stojnic

Serbia

Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province

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Gábor Tihanyi

Hungary

Hortobágy National Park Directorate

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Zdenek Vermouzek

Czech republic

Czech Ornithological Society/BirdLife

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Vitalij Vetrov

Ukraine

UBPRC

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Gabor Wichmann

Austria

BirdLife Austria

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Bratislava over the next days will become a center for professionals who deal with the protection of the Imperial Eagle. Some 40 experts from nine countries will meet together at the VII. International Conference on the Conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle on 2 – 5 October 2013 at the Baronka Hotel. The conference is organized by the Raptor Protection of Slovakia ( RPS ), in cooperation with the Czech Society for Ornithology and MME/BirdLife Hungary, under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment and with support from the International Visegrad Fund . "The Imperial Eagle is considered vulnerable species," says Lucia Deutschová of RPS. "The species is threatened mainly by illegal activities, such as poisoning, shooting, or nets robbing, but also by destruction of habitats and collisions with power lines. Only about three in ten young Eagles are surviving one year and more often die before they reach reproductive age of five years. RPS has been monitoring the species and implementing the species conservation measures for a long time," states Deutschová. Visegrad countries have a long-term cooperation in species protection. Energy companies significantly contribute to this effort by installing various protective elements on power lines to prevent injuries or deaths of birds. With all of the measures European population of the Imperial Eagle has stabilized. "In Slovakia, number of breeding pairs increased from 5 in 1977 to 53 in 2013, "adds Jozef Chavko of RPS.

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