The Black Vulture Conservation Foundation (BVCF) was created in 1986 in Wassennaar, The Netherlands. Its aim is to contribute to the recovery of the Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) in all the areas of Europe it has historically been found and especially in Mallorca, home to the last island population of this species in the world.
The BVCF has carried out numerous action plans of biodiversity conservation in Europe and is internationally recognised for its role in the conservation of the 4 species of vultures in Europe (Black Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Griffon Vulture and Egyptian Vulture), their habitats and ecosystems. The BVCF also carries out development cooperation projects which combine the recovery of biodiversity with local socio-economic development in rural areas, especially in the Balkans. This is done in close collaboration with NGOs, environmental administrations, scientists, authorities, zoos and conservationists throughout Europe.
Here are some of our projects and their outcomes in recent years:
– The establishment of a pioneering breeding programme of captive black vultures in European zoos, creating a large number of descendents for their later release into the wild.
– The recovery of the black vulture’s population on the island of Mallorca in close collaboration with the Government of the Balearic Islands.
– The reintroduction of the black vulture in France (Cevennes, Verdon and Baronnies), where this species became extinct in the nineteenth century.
– The start of the reintroduction of black vultures to the Catalan Pyrenees, with technical advice to local authorities, infrastructure preparation, release of vultures and a regional action plan against the illegal use of poison.
– The setting up and development of the Balkan Vulture Action Plan (BVAP), with more than 20 projects and 32 entities involved in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, Croatia and Greece.
– The fight against the illegal use of poison in Spain, Portugal and the Balkans, the creation of the Antidote Programme and the launch of a European Secretariat to tackle this serious conservation problem.
– The development of outreach campaigns and environmental education in all fields.
– Support for the recovery of pastoral farming in Spain, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, etc.
– Creation of strategic plans for sustainable tourism, infrastructure and ecotourism products in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia.
– The strengthening of conservation organizations and authorities throughout all of the projects.
– Land Stewardship on private farms and rural accommodation in Majorca.
– The creation of the sustainable ecotourism marketing tool ProNatura Travel.
The BVCF continues its efforts to promote a sustainable future for the vultures, their habitats, rural areas and society as a whole. To achieve this, it supports both nature conservation and socioeconomic development to an equal extent, thus contributing to a healthy, viable and well conserved environment for the care and enjoyment of future generations.