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Cyprus bird trapping hits record low
Malta convicted by European Court of Justice for illegal bird trapping – a key decision that also concerns Cyprus
Efforts to reduce bird trapping bear fruit but must continue

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18 March 2019
BirdLife Cyprus’ latest report on autumn trapping shows a positive and continuing decrease in bird trapping levels in Cyprus. While this progress is most welcome, there is a worrisome discrepancy: trapping decreasing in the SBAs vs trapping increasing in the Republic.
22 June 2018
‘Trapping under derogation’ is an argument often heard in public discussions on the hot issue of illegal bird (ambelopoulia) in Cyprus. The European Court of Justice has effectively closed the door on this pro-trapping argument with its conviction of Malta. The court decided that Malta was in breach of its European obligations for the protection of birds, by allowing the trapping of seven bird species under derogation. The Directive allows derogations only under specific and strict conditions, which do not include “tradition”.
06 March 2018
A striking reduction in bird trapping was achieved in Cyprus in autumn 2017, thanks to effective enforcement, combined with newly deterrent sentencing and operations targeting trapping areas.
20 January 2018
  • SBA Police and RSPB collaborate with the support of BirdLife Cyprus for covert surveillance in autumn 2016 to catch illegal bird trappers in the act
  • A total of 19 individuals successfully convicted. All 19 received fines, while 7 of them also received suspended jail sentences
  • Last case with most severe sentences for two individuals: fines of 6600 and 3200 Euros and a 20 month jail sentence suspended for 3 years for one of the two individuals
  • More cases under investigation from autumn 2017
07 November 2017
Poaching, illegal bird trapping, violation of environmental and social justice. These are apparently being promoted by specific Members of the Parliament with a series of proposals for further relaxations to the bird protection law in order to satisfy a section of the hunting community and the bird trappers.
06 July 2017
Cyprus, as a migration corridor for hundreds of thousands of birds of over 200 different species, but also as part of the European and international community, has the obligation to protect wild birds. The new reality, following the approval of specific provisions of the controversial law amendment, unfortunately seems to be moving things in the opposite direction. Birds are a common good to which we all have a right. And with this right, we all share the responsibility for their protection. People depend on healthy ecosystems and birds constitute an integral part of these systems.
29 June 2017
After repeated postponements, the highly controversial hunting law amendment is expected to go to Plenary on Friday 30 June. This amendment proposal introduces a series of relaxations and loopholes relating to hunting but also illegal bird trapping, which is a serious and persistent problem in Cyprus. BirdLife Cyprus, the Cyprus Conservation Foundation Terra Cypria, Friends of the Earth Cyprus, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and the Foundation Pro Biodiversity (SPA) are calling again on the Members of Parliament to vote against this amendment, prepared by the Game & Fauna Service and modified by MPs. 
06 June 2017
The future of wild birds in Cyprus and the prevention of a penalty from the European Union are now at the hands of the Plenary of the Cyprus Parliament, which is meeting on Friday, 9 June 2017. More specifically, ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016' has been submitted for voting. Environmental NGOs are calling on the Plenary to vote against this specific law amendment which was prepared and submitted by the Game and Fauna Service.
16 March 2017
With 2.3 million birds estimated to have been killed in Cyprus in autumn 2016, BirdLife Cyprus highlights the urgent need for action by both the Cyprus Government and the SBA Administration.
20 October 2016
BirdLife Cyprus supports and welcomes the acacia (Acacia saligna) removal at Cape Pyla, implemented by the British Bases over the last few years, for the protection of Cyprus’ nature and avifauna. 

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