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Batumi Raptor Count
Batumi Raptor Count

Raptor Conservation

A major aim of SABUKO is to end the illegal killing of migratory raptors in the Batumi bottleneck. We do this by raising awareness and involving local communities, rather than confronting them. The graph below presents an overview of our projects. We would like to thank all our donors and BirdLife International for the invaluable support.

Conservation groups confronted with the illegal killing of migratory birds have typically resorted to law enforcement. In many cases however, the harvesting of migratory birds has long-standing traditional roots and is not perceived as a crime by local people. The enforcement of laws limiting the exploitation of certain species in the absence of a mentality change has therefore often created a conflict between conservation groups and local communities. The ‘Batumi Raptor Count’ has been very careful to avoid a conservation conflict in the Batumi bottleneck, and this has left the door open for dialogue. Law enforcement forms a necessary step of in any strategy to curb illegal exploitation of natural resources, but measures such as stakeholder involvement, education and awareness raising serve to build a base of support for conservation and greatly reduce the need for confrontational action.

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