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1 September 2008 The Conservation Status and Trends of Raptors and Owls in Europe
Ian J. Burfield
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To conserve biodiversity efficiently, an international framework is needed to ensure that national priorities take into account regional and global priorities. BirdLife International has published five comprehensive assessments of the global status of the world's birds and two evaluations of the status of Europe's birds at a continental level. This paper analyzes the results of these assessments in relation to Europe's 56 species of raptors and owls, 18% of which are of global conservation concern, and 64% of which have an unfavorable conservation status in Europe. The European Union (EU) holds half of the total estimated European breeding population of raptors and owls, and European Russia supports another third, but every European country has a responsibility for at least two species of European conservation concern. During the 1990s, more raptors increased than decreased in most EU member states, but the opposite was true in eastern Europe, where many of the most threatened species are concentrated. Given the popularity of these species with the public, and the political commitment to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010, much more action is needed to monitor and conserve birds of prey.

Ian J. Burfield "The Conservation Status and Trends of Raptors and Owls in Europe," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 37(6), 401-407, (1 September 2008).[401:TCSATO]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 September 2008

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