Demonstration of the two new Antipoison Dog Units of the LIFE Bonelli EastMed Project

Demonstration of the two new Antipoison Dog Units of the LIFE Bonelli EastMed Project
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Two new Antipoison Dog Units, were presented in public on Thursday, 12th of December 2019. These units have been established in the framework of the LIFE Bonelli EastMed Project and will act in Crete and Rhodes under the supervision of the University of Crete-Natural History Museum of Crete (UoC-NHMC) and the 1st Hunting Federation of Crete & Dodecanese.

One main aim of the Antipoison Dog Units, is to inform the local communities on the implementation of this important action on the island of Crete. This will help the prevention of poisoning incidents in the Bonelli’s eagles’ areas and will assist relevant authorities in dealing with the serious problem of illegal use of poison baits.

During the demonstration, the two new sniffer dogs "Chica" and "Paca", along with their handlers Mrs. Christina Diakidi and Mr. George Chorafas respectively and their trainer Mr. Jesus Lopez, presented the operation of the Antipoison Dog Unit in the field.

Antipoison Dog Units Crete NHMC 1  Antipoison Dog Units Crete NHMC 2

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The LIFE Bonelli eastMed project “Conservation & Management of the Bonelli's eagle population in east Mediterranean” will address the most critical threats to Bonelli’s eagle populations in Greece and Cyprus. The overall objective is to ensure the long-term favourable conservation status for the species’ interconnected local populations, through the establishment and operation of the East Mediterranean Bonelli’s Eagle Network.

The project is implemented by the Natural Museum of Crete - University of Crete, the Game and Fauna Service (Game Fund) - Cyprus, the Hellenic Ornithological Society/BirdLife Greece, the Ministry of Environment & Energy - Greece, the Department of Forests - Cyprus and the NCC Environmental Studies Ltd with the financial contribution of the LIFE instrument of the EE.

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