A tool for action
Every year around the world, thousands of birds of prey die due to one of the major threats to these threatened species: collision and electrocution with power lines. Many devices and systems have been developed to minimize this threat, with significant success. However, a key question always remains: where can we find the most dangerous spots where these impacts happen?
e-faunalert is a free, easy-to-use mobile application that has been created for everyone and for everywhere - from scientists to hikers, from governments and energy sector workers to the general public across the world - to help identify these dangerous spots for birds but also for other animals like mammals or reptiles. After registering and creating your profile in the app, you will be able to upload pictures and describe where electrocutions or collisions have been identified or contribute to characterize power lines in order to map potentially dangerous structures and areas. The information will be available through this website, once logged in.
With this citizen science app, everyone can do his/her bit to support the conservation community in its efforts to implement mitigation measures and protect these majestic species.
The e-faunalert app is a joint effort of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) and Fundación Amigos del Águila Imperial Ibérica, el Lince Ibérico y Espacios Naturales Privados and it is funded by Mava Foundation. To learn more about how this project was born, check our timeline below
How it all began
In 2015 IUCN-Med started cooperation activities with North African countries to address the conservation of raptors in the region, highlighting the threat that the electricity cables pose to birds. In this regard, several meetings and workshops were held in Spain, Morocco and Tunisia to promote practical training and knowledge exchange between experts and managers in the Mediterranean region.
In 2016 the Fundación Amigos del Águila Imperial Ibérica, el Lince Ibérico y Espacios Naturales Privados, with the support of Fundación Banco de Santander, developped the “Alerta Tendidos” project and the first “Alerta Tendidos” mobile application as a citizen science tool to raise awareness about the impacts that surface power lines can have on bird species at some locations
In 2017, a capacity building programme was launched to train key stakeholders in North Africa in the identification and mitigation of potentially dangerous power lines.
In 2018, IUCN-Med and Fundación Amigos del Águila Imperial Ibérica, el Lince Ibérico y Espacios Naturales Privados signed an agreement to foster collaboration to address biodiversity conservation. This website and the new mobile application e-faunalert is the result of this collaboration and it builds on “Alerta Tendidos” app, which has been improved and updated to make it available to a wider audience, in the Mediterranean region and beyond.
This website and the mobile application e-faunalert have been developed in the framework of the “Safe Flyways” project which aims to reduce energy infrastructure related bird mortality in the Mediterranean region. The partnership gathered the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, BirdLife International, WWF, Vulture Conservation Foundation and Euronatur from 2017 to 2019 thanks to the kind support of Mava Foundation.
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges by supporting scientific research; managing field projects all over the world; and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN, international conventions and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.
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The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation was opened in October 2001 with the core support of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment, the regional Government of Junta de Andalucía and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). The Centre’s mission is to influence, encourage and assist Mediterranean societies to conserve and use sustainably the natural resources of the region and work with IUCN members and cooperate with all other agencies that share the objectives of the IUCN.
The Fundación Amigos del Águila Imperial Ibérica, el Lince Ibérico y Espacios Naturales Privados (Foundation of Friends of the Spanish Imperial Eagle, Iberian Lynx and Private Natural Areas) was founded in 2002 from the concern, interest and responsibility of a group of private landowners to conserve these emblematic species and others with which they share habitats. These species found in these properties some of their last refuges in the mid to late twentieth century, and the conservation of these populations allowed the beginnings of their recovery.
Since its creation, the Foundation has actively collaborated with environmental administrations to support the re-introduction of the most endangered species of Mediterranean forests fauna in their former habitats. Since 2013, the Foundation has been a Custody Entity of the territory and as such it defends and actively collaborates in conservation, making it compatible with the traditional uses of the environment and adjusting itself to the most demanding parameters of sustainable development.
The Fundación Amigos del Águila Imperial Ibérica, el Lince Ibérico y Espacios Naturales Privados is a Spanish national entity, registered in the General Registry of Foundations of the Spanish Ministry of the Environment on 15 July 2005 (published in BOE nº 190 res. 13806).
e-faunalert is a free citizen science mobile application that facilitates data collection on technical characteristics of power lines, of interest to wildlife conservation, and on electrocution or collision cases. The app helps identify areas of intervention for mitigation measures and facilitates decision-making in the planning of future power lines. The data is stored in a server managed by IUCN and accessible through the website, once logged in. You can create work groups with other colleagues, join existing groups or work independently.
Through the e-faunalert internal messages system you can contact and communicate with other users.
Registered users can access their private area (by logging in) through this website. Once signed in, users can view available information, edit and export their stored data, or access their profile.
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