EOVA – Portugal – Godwit Flyway

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Published: April 23rd, 2024

LIFE-project number 101113618
LIFE22-NAT-DE-LIFE Godwit Flyway
1st July 2023 – 31 Oct 2030
Coordinator: Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Umwelt, Energie und Klimaschutz, GER
Beneficiary: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, NL; Universidade de Aveiro, PT; Companhia das
Lezirias, PT; Natur- und Umweltschutzvereinigung Dümmer, GER and
Associated Partner: Ministry of Environment, Department of Parks and Wildlife
Management, Gambia
LIFE Godwit Flyway aims at creating a safe haven for the European Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa limosa) along its East Atlantic Flyway. A sharp decreasing trend of Blacktailed Godwit populations has been observed in the last three decades as a direct consequence of agricultural intensification, habitat loss, and increasing predation which resulted in low reproductive success and chick survival rates. Reversing this trend is necessary to maintain healthy populations of this umbrella species, that will benefit many associated wet-grassland breeding birds. The project builds on the expertise of a consortium of ecologists and conservationists in Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, and The Gambia.
1. It is articulated around 10 work packages, with actions aiming at Strengthening and expanding the capacities of core breeding areas in Lower Saxony, Germany, by optimizing breeding habitat and predation management.
2. Improving wetland bird habitats in staging sites in the Tagus estuary in Portugal, which is considered a migratory hub along the East Atlantic Flyway. Actions in Portugal will include restoring saltpans and coastal lagoons and implementing bird friendly rice
farming practices.
3. Implementing climate-adapted and bird friendly rice farming practices and wetland
restoration in The Gambia to provide suitable wintering habitat for Black-tailed Godwit.
Additionally, the project will support the implementation of a 176,750 ha UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in The Gambia, that will benefit of both nature and people. LIFE Godwit Flyway is designed to supplement ongoing European actions for the conservation of Blacktailed
Godwit and associated wet-grassland breeding birds, including the LIFE19 IPE/DE/
000004 GrassBirdHabitats.

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