LIFE10 NAT/GR/000637 “Management of the SPA site of Andros Island to achieve a Favourable Conservation Status for its priority species”

The project was implemented by the Municipality of Andros in collaboration with Hellenic Ornithological Society and Nature Conservation Consultants (NCC) Ltd with the financial support of the European Union for the period 1/9/2011 – 28/2/2017.

The project aimed to implement urgent conservation measures for direct conservation of all 4 priority species in the SPA of Andros Island, Greece, i.e. Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae), Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata), Mediterranean Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii) and Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii). The overall objective was to establish a well structured, effective, socially acceptable and economically viable Management Scheme for the SPA, capable to coordinate the activities of competent authorities within the site, and to carry out the core of the management needed for achieving and maintaining the Favourable Conservation Status of priority species in the SPA.
Its main achievements were the establishment and operation of Andros SPA Management Scheme, based on the relevant SPA Management Plan and Feasibility Study and a series of interventions and restoration actions which improved the quality and availability of breeding, roosting and foraging habitats of the Eleonora’s Falcon, Bonelli’s Eagle, Mediterranean Shag and Audouin’s Gull and the improvement of their conservation status on Andros.