COVID-19 and CABS Bird Protection Camps
In these times of the coronavirus pandemic, CABS also has to change our strategy. Our operations have two components: On the one hand, working with local conservationists and members in-situ all year round, and on the other hand bringing together volunteers from all over Europe to our bird protection camps in the poaching hotspots during the peak migration seasons each spring and autumn. Due to the restrictions and quarantine regulations being rolled out across Europe in recent days (and inevitable escalation in the coming days and weeks), we have decided to suspend our volunteer-based bird protection camps this spring until further notice. Today's decision and announcement is primarily being implemented with the motive of keeping people safe. In doing so, we want to show the urgent need for solidarity by not travelling, without which the virus will spread too quickly and thus bring our health systems to breaking point.
However, despite the cancellation of the large volunteer-based bird protection camps, we do have CABS staff, members and affilitates present in all our operational areas. Therefore, we will maintain a minimum presence in northern and southern Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Lebanon; and our local partners and teams will remain active within the framework of the circumstances made possible by the authorities. Police units and game wardens specialised in anti-poaching operations also continue to work independently in many countries to monitor compliance with nature conservation and hunting law.
Poaching and lack of regard for the law remains criminal regardless! We still encourage members of the public to report incidents to the authorities and us in confidence. Look after yourselves and consider the vulnerable in our society (as well as the migrating birds also on their journey to survive) and act with compassion and kind regard. As the general conditions change daily, we cannot yet foresee whether the planned bird protection camps in April and early May can take place. If the circumstances and travel restrictions allow it, we will carry out part of the activities in due course.