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The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund has awarded 144 grants constituting a total donation of $1,320,789 for species conservation projects based in Europe.

Conservation Case Studies in Europe

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13256173) - Great Raft Spider - Awarded $5,000 on May 29, 2013
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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13255722) - Petzea rudd - Awarded $13,000 on May 29, 2013
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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12253971) - Olm - Awarded $8,000 on May 24, 2012
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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 12252178) - European eel - Awarded $8,000 on May 23, 2012
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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252587) - Freshwater sawfish  - Awarded $10,000 on November 13, 2011
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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252135) - Stachys virgata  - Awarded $9,000 on June 27, 2011
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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11252015) - Mediterranean monk seal - Awarded $9,000 on June 27, 2011
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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 11251786) - Corals - Awarded $20,000 on January 19, 2011
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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 10251197) - Beluga, European or Great Sturgeon - Awarded $10,000 on December 09, 2010
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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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 0905653) - Conifers - Awarded $24,200 on February 14, 2010
14-02-2010 - Conifers

The project aims to re-assess all conifer species in the world (615) for the IUCN Red List. The first assessment dates from 1999, the second is aimed to be completed towards the end of 2011. This will provide important plant data for the IUCN Red List Index.

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