Successes n Cyprus
The successes on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus are still measured in small doses. Bird-trapping and hunting is so deeply rooted that real progress is often difficult to see. But there have been some steps in the right direction:
- Each year, thousands of illegal limesticks, mist nets and electronic decoys callers are collected and destroyed during our bird protection camps. CABS actions significantly disrupt and prevent the bird poachers, thereby several thousand migratory birds are saved from an otherwise deadly fate.
- Due to pressure from nature conservationists, bird trappers are using less and less limesticks. Where the sticks are found outside private grounds, they are usually only active for a few hours in the morning and evening. The overall area where birds are being caught has thus become considerably smaller - and the time in which traps are laid out has been significantly shortened.
- Particularly in spring, the number of traps and nets has declined significantly. Behind this are the high penalties, which were introduced after years of lobby work from CABS, Birdlife partners and other conservation organisations.
- The military administration is now taking more action against poachers in the British Sovereign Base Areas. The use of nets to trap birds in this area is now steadily declining.
- The UN blue helmets control in the buffer zone between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish North the island steps up after joint operations to indentify trapping sites and remove traps and nets.
- The number of restaurants where protected songbirds are on the menu is declining significantly. Most still serve them, but only to well-known guests, which leads to a decline in demand.
- Since Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, protected areas and bird sanctuaries have been established where hunting has been suspended.