Research and monitoring for and with raptors in Europe
May 2010 - May 2015


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Research and Monitoring for and with Raptors in Europe, EURAPMON, is an ESF Research Networking Programme that runs from May 2010 until May 2015.

The aim of EURAPMON is to strengthen the contribution of research and monitoring for and with raptors in Europe to delivery of biodiversity, environmental and human health benefits, including maintenance and recovery of raptor populations and their habitats, and reduced chemicals threats to ecosystem and human health.

Biodiversity loss and contamination have significant environmental, social and economic impacts. Consequently, environmental monitoring has a fundamental role to play in shaping our environmental, social and economic futures. As we cannot hope to monitor all components of the environment, we must seek to monitor those which can most usefully inform, at affordable cost. Raptors offer considerable promise in this respect and they are already the subject of considerable low-cost monitoring efforts in Europe.

The map below shows the first results of EURAPMON project. By clicking on a country a window will open showing the overview of raptor monitoring as presented by the EURAPMON national coordinators at the Workshop on Inventroy of Monitoring for Raptors in Europe organised in Murcia, Spain in February 2012.




Nonetheless, raptor monitoring across Europe remains patchy. There is an urgent need to reinforce existing national and sub-national initiatives and improve coordination at pan-European scale. This applies to monitoring which is largely focused on the health of raptor populations themselves, which we term ‘monitoring for raptors.’ It also applies to monitoring which is largely focused on what raptors can tell us about the environment, which we term ‘monitoring with raptors’. And finally, it applies to coordination between those who monitor for and those who monitor with raptors. Indeed, bringing together these two different research approaches is one of the key innovative features of EURAPMON.

The EURAPMON network is financed by ESF member organisations and other bodies from 15 countries, and is open to interested participants from Europe and beyond.

Photos: Peregrine ©P Lindberg; Great Grey Owl fledgling ©P Saurola; Eastern Imperial Eagle ©A Kovacs/