LIFE Great Bustard

Project title:

Cross-border protection of the Great Bustard in Central Europe (LIFE15 NAT/AT/000834)

Project Acronym:

LIFE Great Bustard

Contracting entity:

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Großtrappenschutz (ÖGG)

Project duration:


Nature conservation / Renewable Energy

In this LIFE project, the protection of the Great Bustard from collision with power lines is a main goal. However, the influence of renewable energy is also the content of detailed study and evaluation. Thanks to the great cooperations with partners, TB Raab has access to data of the Great Bustards (observations and telemetry data since 2005) in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia and Germany. Due to this conservation project, the TB Raab has great experience with data acquisition and evaluation not only in Austria, but in Central Europe.

Characteristics / innovative Solution / Content:

The partners and co-financiers in this project range from government entities, the municipalities and power line companies to national parks and NGOs (BirdLife Hungary). For the first time, Austria and Hungary implement measures for the conservation of the Great Bustard in a cross-border collaboration. The measures include mitigating the risk of collision with power lines through ground cabling and information exchange with neighboring countries.

Media References:

This project is co-financed by the LIFE Programme of the European Union.

The European commision chose this LIFE Project out of 4.300 LIFE Project and featured it on its Facebook page for “25 Years LIFE” on the 29th of May 2017. The project was also feature das a demonstration project on the FB page of the LIFE Unit.



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