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Protect the Dalmatian Pelican !

Help Noé save the Dalmatian Pelican in the Mediterranean Basin

About the project

The project:

The program is aiming to manage three specific wetland sites that are classified as "wetlands of international importance" by the Ramsar Convention. They include, the Lake Kerkini National Park in Greece (the pilot site), the Skadar Lake National Park in Montenegro, and the Divjaka-Karavasta National Park in Albania.

The requested funding will help serve as a conservation measure for the Dalmatian Pelican as part of Noé's overall project : "Dalmatian Pelican and Wetlands Conservation in the Mediterranean Basin".

The project which was launched in July 2013 comprises of 4 interconnected components:

  1. Improving scientific knowledge.
  2. Conserving the Dalmatian Pelican with effective wetland management.
  3. Supporting sustainable development.
  4. Raising awareness on environmental issues.

Discover below why it is important to act now for the conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican and its environment. To participate, we invite you to select one of the rewards from the menu on the right ("choose your reward").

We need your help !

The Wetlands of the Mediterranean Basin: a vital ecosystem for the Dalmatian Pelican.

The Mediterranean Basin is one of the world's most altered biodiversity hotspots with half of all Mediterranean wetlands being considered as critically endangered or having already disappeared (Antipolis S. 2001). However, they are crucial for so many species, including migratory birds such as the Dalmatian Pelican.

The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelicanus crispus) is the rarest pelican species and the most threatened in Europe (Crivelli, A.J. 1996). It is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN red list (the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list is the most comprehensive global inventory for the status of plant and animal species).

A threatened region:

The Mediterranean Basin is one of 34 biodiversity hotspots around the world (Cuttelod et al. 2008). The Mediterranean wetlands are fragile ecosystems but they are also some of the most productive and diverse ecosystems in the world, with a rich biodiversity.

Although, certaines pressures resulting from human activity are threatening these ecosystems:

  • Intensive agriculture
  • Fire
  • The construction of certaines infrastructures
  • Solid waste
  • Overfishing

A threatened species: the Dalmatian Pelican

The Dalmatian Pelican is now the most threatened pelican species in Europe. Today, 80% of breeding grounds have already disappeared. Thus, the Dalmatian Pelican has "a decreasing population trend" (IUCN) with a decline of 80% of breeding pairs since the 1970's on Skadar Lake, in Montenegro and 90% since the 1990's on Karavasta Lagoon, in Albania.

Europe's biggest bird could soon therefore completely disappear as a result of direct threats :

  • Poaching
  • Disturbances

and indirect threats:

  • Urbanisation,
  • Water Pollution
  • Overfishing

We are counting on you !

What are the funds for?

With a total cost of €5000, the project will reinforce the conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican.

With this funding, Noé will build at least three new artificial nesting sites in order to boost reproduction.

[One nesting raft can accommodate on average 7 nests. We know from studies that one Pelican pair lays between 1 and 6 eggs, 2 being the most common number. We can therefore deduce that one single raft could accommodate 14 chicks].

At the end of 2013, four rafts were built and installed on Skadar Lake leading to a real baby boom, with the arrival of 48 chicks, which was a real success!!

But we mustn't stop there!!  The population of the Dalmatian Pelican still needs an improvement of its environment for nesting purposes, with the construction of new rafts.

To achieve this goal, we neeed to finance:

  • The building of rafts (748 €)
  • The cost of reeds to cover the rafts (120€) – in order to give the most natural aspect possible
  • The transportation of rafts (175€) from the workshop to the lake
  • The transportation of rafts on to the water (100€) by boat.
  • The loading and the adjustment of rafts (46€).

That gives us a total cost of €1187 per raft

With your help, together we can contribute to the conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican in Europe !

About the project owner

Noé was founded in 2001 by Arnaud GRETH, naturalist, trained vetenary and former Scientific Director of WWF France, with the support of several scientific personalities from the world of nature conservation in France, in particular, Nicolas Hulot.

Noé's mission is to save and restore biodiversity, for the well-being of all living things, especially for humanity. To carry out our objectives and work on the root causes of the disappearance of species, overexploitation and consumption of natural resources, Noé implements conservation programs for the protection of endangered species, the conservation of natural areas, as well as training programs and raising awareness for the education all of us, so as to promote a more respectful behaviour towards our environment. Noé is active in France and internationally, carrying out its efforts for the conservation of biodiversity and in doing so reconnecting man with nature.

How? By implementing and supporting endangered species protection programs and protecting their natural environments.

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