The disappearance of raptors is an increasingly alarming problem in the Mediterranean. Collisions and electrocutions on power lines are among the biggest threats affecting populations in the region.
To tackle this issue, IUCN’s Center for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) has developed the free mobile application e-faunalert, which helps both to identify and map dangerous areas posing an electrocution or collision risk for these species on such infrastructures.
Conceived for all types of users, from scientists, to the conservation community, governments, energy sector stakeholders to general global audiences, e-faunalert helps to collect data to quickly identify areas of intervention and thus facilitate decision-making in the planning of future power lines.
Moreover, the app contains information on the technical characteristics of pylons and different types of electrocution or collision incidents. It also allows to download georeferenced images, create and join workgroups to maximize fieldwork, as well as sharing data with other colleagues.
The programme has made it possible for specialists from Spain and North Africa to exchange information, organize cross-border expeditions with Moroccan and Spanish ornithologists to monitor and create a census of raptors in Morocco.
This tool has been developed in collaboration with Fundación Amigos del Águila Imperial Ibérica, el Lince Ibérico y Espacios Naturales Privados and is part of the project Safe Flyways – reducing infrastructure-related bird mortality in the Mediterranean”, funded by the MAVA Foundation.
What you can do: Download e-faunalert for your locality.
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