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Directorate B - Protecting the Natural Environment

ENV.B.2- Nature and Biodiversity

Co-ordination Group

for Biodiversity and Nature
5th meeting – 02/06/09

Agenda item 3.C
(Doc. 3.C-2)
Issues relating to the implementation of the Birds Directive:

Management Plans and Action Plans – State of play

Species Action Plans
Species Action Plans are prepared for Europe's most endangered species listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive. The Ornis Committee has agreed a list of species which are considered as priority. This includes the globally threatened birds1 species that regularly occur in the European Union. An introduction to the plans as well as a list of species for which plans have already been prepared can be found on DG Environment's web site:


Three new Species Action Plans (SAPs) for the Dupont's Lark (Chersophilus duponti), the European Roller (Corracias garrulus) and the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) and three revised SAPs for the Aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola), the Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) and the Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris) have been produced by BirdLife International in 2008. The national coordinators for Biodiversity and Nature were consulted twice and the documents are now finalized. They will be sent to the members of the ORNIS Committee and uploaded on the website mentioned above in the following weeks.
According to the list of priority birds established by the Ornis Committee and a written consultation, held in the beginning of this year, three new SAPs for the Red Kite (Milvus milvus), the Red-Footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) and the Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata) and three revised SAPs for the Great Bustard (Otis tarda), the Azores Bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina) and the Red-Breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) are under preparation.
By the end of 2009 a total of 52 SAPs will have been produced. All globally threatened species, according to the 2007 IUCN Red List, occurring regularly in EU 27 and listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive will be covered by a SAP.
Management Plans
Management Plans (MPs) are prepared for birds listed in Annex II of the Birds Directive ("huntable species") which are considered to have an unfavourable conservation status. The development, adoption and implementation of MPs for such birds is supported by BirdLife International and the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation in the EU (FACE) as one of the 10-point agreement signed by both organisation in the framework of the Sustainable Hunting Initiative.
After different consultations of the members of the Ornis Committee, FACE and BirdLife International, six MPs have been finalized. They concern the following species: the Redshank (Tringa tetanus), the Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), the Scaup (Aythya marila), the Quail (Coturnix coturnix), the Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) and the Common Gull (Larus canus). They will be sent to the members of the ORNIS Committee and uploaded on the website mentioned above in the following weeks. Seven species were already covered by a SAP.
Next steps
As a follow-up to the discussion at the 3rd meeting of the Co-ordination Group of Biodiversity and Nature, held on 21 October 2008, the Commission is preparing a call for tender in order to support a process aimed at improving (enhancing the ownership by stakeholders and making more efficient) the production, consultation, endorsement and implementation of SAPs and MPs..

1 Defined as species listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, near Threatened and Data deficient on the 2007 IUCN Red List.

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