226298 Wings across the Balkans

Contract nr


Project leader

BirdLife International

Postal address

1 Wellbrook Court, Girton Road, Cambridge CB3 0NA, UNITED KINGDOM


+44-1223-277 318


Mr Angelo Caserta  / Dr.M.Lambertini

Email address



“Naše ptice” (Bosnia&Herzegovina),

Croatian Ornithological Society (Croatia),

Association for Biological Research-BIOM (Croatia),

Macedonian Ecological Society (FYR of Macedonia),

Center for the Protection and Research of Birds in Montenegro

League for Ornithological Action of Serbia (Serbia),

Bird Protection and Study Society of Vojvodina (Serbia),

Society for Protection and Study of Birds in Slovenia (Slovenia)

Total budget

324,535.49 EUR

EC Grant

256,447.94 EUR (79%)


24 months

Objectives of the action

Overall objective To raise the level of environmental and biodiversity protection in the Western Balkans by renewed environmental legislation complying with EU directives and more proactive CSO role in protection and management of natural biodiversity resources Specific objective Establish an effective network of seven nature conservation CSOs in Croatia, Serbia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, well trained and informed to stimulate government action for biodiversity conservation through civil society mechanisms.


Target group(s)

Seven Western Balkan CSO

Final beneficiaries

Ministries of environment; MPs; local communities; hunters, foresters and some other users of natural resources, the general public in the target countries,  especially those people living near or visiting Important Bird Areas (IBA)

Estimated results

1. At least one CSO in each participating country (Croatia, Serbia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina) has increased their capacity to deliver effective conservation actions.

2. Inconsistencies with EU nature protection law are identified and communicated to relevant authorities in FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia and international bodies

3. The network of IBAs in the project countries has improved in quality and number of sites and is assessed against standard criteria (EU level).

4. Increased level of awareness of final beneficiaries through distribution of publications.

Main activities

·   Two trainings for national coordinators

·   Development of simple conservation action plans for the most important sites/suites of sites (e.g. key wetlands, key forests, coastline, etc)

·   Comparative analysis and identification of gaps between nature protection legislation and the EU Wild Birds Directives

·   Identification, development and advocating of legal measures to address the unsustainable species exploitation in the target countries

·   Data collection and identification of direct and indirect threats on IBAs

·   Establishment of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some of the main stakeholders which affect the conservation of IBAs

·   Preparation of proposals for designation of new protected areas and followed by advocacy and campaigning.