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

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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