Vultures – they might have a bad reputation, but they play an essential role in the habitats in which they live, acting as nature’s clean up crew and providing significant socioeconomic value to local communities. Here at the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF), we are committed to ensuring a bright future for vultures in Europe. Before we became the Vulture Conservation Foundation, we were the Foundation for the Conservation of Bearded Vultures (FCBV) working to bring back the Bearded Vulture to the Alps. Today, there are 250 Bearded Vultures, including over 50 breeding pairs across the Alpine region – it is considered one of the best wildlife comeback stories of all times! In addition to the Bearded Vulture, our conservation initiatives have now expanded to protect all of Europe’s vulture species – Griffon Vultures, Egyptian Vultures and Cinereous Vultures. For the past few years, we have been involved in most vulture conservation projects across Europe, and together with our partners, we have been working across different aspects of vulture conservation to help protect Europe’s vultures. We are at the forefront of vulture conservation planning and action, having co-developed the Vulture MSAP, the international vulture species action plan to conserve African-Eurasian vultures endorsed by CMS. Working across different projects, from tackling threats to reintroducing vultures, we have seen the return of vultures in different regions of Europe.
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Source: Vulture Conservation Foundation 2019