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Preparatory inventory and activities for the designation of marine IBAs and SPAs for Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii in Slovenia (SIMARINE-NATURA)
EU financial instrument for the environment LIFE+

Project duration: 1.9.2011 – 28.2.2015
Partners: Ministry for Agriculture and Environment, Nature park Strunjan
Co-financers: LIFE+(60%), Luka Koper d.d., Municipalities of Koper, Piran and Izola
Total project costs: 474.458 €

The project aims to identify new Important Bird Area (IBA) and the Natura 2000 site (SPA – Special Protection Area) with the Mediterranean Shag as a qualifying species in the Slovenian sea. A large part of the project is devoted to research on distribution, population density, migration routes and seasonal dynamics of this subspecies. Part of the project is focused on the preparation of the technical guidelines for the treatment of oiled birds in cases of oil spills in the northern Adriatic, which the connects it with Škocjanski zatok NR. Find out more at the project website: http://ptice.si/simarine-natura/

Photo: Nataša Šalaja