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Let`s make the story of Man and Red-breasted goose the winner!

This is the story of geese and men, and how they can learn to coexist in peace. The LIFE project focussed on two Natura 2000 sites in the North East Bulgaria, which during winter months shelter up to 90% of the global population of the Red-breasted goose (Branta ruficollis). Now this Project is running for the Natura 2000 Citizens' Award - You can give your vote here

A LIFE project, lead by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) in partnership with Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), started working with local farmers to study the grazing patterns of the geese and their effects on crop yields in order to develop a management regime that was acceptable to both the farmers and conservationists. This led to the launch of a new EU-funded agri-environmental payment scheme that compensates farmers financially for farming their land in a goose-friendly manner.

Today, the agri-environmental scheme covers almost 85% of the priority foraging areas for the Redbreasts on more than 19,000ha, thus ensuring its successful wintering and ultimate survival. As a result, this project has clearly made a major contribution to the long-term protection of this emblematic species and to resolving the once deeply engrained conflicts between farmers and geese.

Finding way for man and geese to coexist might be trivial issue in some places, but when you try to make safe space for the global population of a globally threatened species as the Red-breasted Goose it does matter! Now you can support this success of joint efforts of conservationists and farmers together to help it sustain in future!

It is time to vote now! Let`s make the story of Man and Red-breasted goose the winner! Your vote is important for us! Public vote selects the winner!

 

 

Support the Red-breasted Goose Conservation Project in the Vote
Support the Red-breasted Goose Conservation Project in the Vote