29-05-2013 - Normania
The project is dedicated to Normania triphylla Lowe, an endemic target species, with critically endangered status found in the Madeira Laurisilva forest, a habitat classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. The project goals are the survey of species distribution, evaluation of ecogeographic diversity, in situ and ex situ conservation, monitoring and reinforcement of plant populations. The work will be carried by ISOPlexis Genebank, Madeira ...
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29-05-2013 - Great Raft Spider
Our project is dedicated to rare European spider species Dolomedes plantarius (Clerck, 1757) (great raft spider) in Belarus. The main goal of our work is to find sites where this species is present to register them officially (create microreserves) and provide conservation activities that will give a chance to save great raft spider not only in Belarus but in the whole Europe.
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29-05-2013 - Petzea rudd
Because of recent degradation of their habitat in the thermal lake in 'Paraul Petea' reserve, northern-western Romania, experiments for ex situ rearing and reproduction in captivity of the endemic Scardinius racovitzai and Melanopsis parreyssii were set up, in order to obtain a reserve of individuals for reintroduction and a better knowledge of their biology.
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24-05-2012 - Olm
Within this project we dived into the deep darkness of one of the last unknown places of Europe-the Croatian underground. We visited caves that no one has ever seen and managed to estimate some of the largest populations of olm and pinpoint areas for strict protection. Our goal was to set up long term olm monitoring and to raise environmental awareness among local people.
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23-05-2012 - European eel
The aim of the project is to develop an artificial propagation technique of European eel. The specific objective is to produce and rear viable eel larvae by using traditional methods (adaptation of the Japanese propagation protocol for European eel) and new biotechnological methods (using cryopreservated sperm – sperm gene bank).
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13-11-2011 - Freshwater sawfish
Sawfishes are arguably the most threatened marine fishes in the world. All seven species have experienced global declines of at least 90% due to fisheries overexploitation and habitat loss; consequently they're listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. We will develop a Global Sawfish Conservation Strategy: clear, global-scale prioritized recommendations for meaningful research, education and conservation action to secure a future for ...
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27-06-2011 - Stachys virgata
Stachys virgata (Lamiaceae) was known from historical collections made in Peloponnisos (Greece); the last one dated in 1844. The species was rediscovered in 2005 and subsequently documented in 18 populations (1 now extinct) with a total of 355 mature plants. Twelve populations comprise 20 plants or fewer. Maintaining at least the populations growing in private land is a key point in conserving the species.
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27-06-2011 - Mediterranean monk seal
The Mediterranean monk seal, one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world, numbers fewer than 600 individuals. The largest population approximately 250 - 350 individuals, survives in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, mainly at remote locations in the Aegean Sea in Greece. MOm/The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal, operates the Rescue and Information Network (RINT).
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19-01-2011 - Corals
ZSL’s EDGE Coral Reefs aims to secure the future of ten focal Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) reef-building coral species and their habitat. This project takes a novel approach to coral conservation by supporting and training in-country conservationists (EDGE Fellows), meeting a global need to build coral reef conservation and management capacity, alongside implementing species-specific conservation actions for coral ...
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09-12-2010 - Beluga, European or Great Sturgeon
Of six Danube sturgeon species, five are Critically Endangered, with one species already extinct. Illegal harvest and caviar trade are the greatest direct threat to their survival. A compilation of background information, an under-cover market survey in Romania and Bulgaria - the two most relevant countries - and DNA analysis of caviar samples provide strong evidence to initiate determined counteractions by authorities and decision-makers.
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