Aquatic Warbler & biomass LIFE+ Project
Since September 2010, OTOP holds a new project to protect Aquatic Warbler – it is a co-financed by EU LIFE + Project “Facilitating Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) habitat management through sustainable systems of biomass use”, shorter called “Aquatic Warbler and Biomass”.
Aquatic Warbler is the only globally threatened species of singing bird, which over 25% of the world population breeds in Poland. The distribution of this species covers only several countries, while in the early twentieth century this species was still common and numerous. In July 2004, under the auspices of Bonn Convention, Polish Government signed an Aquatic Warbler Memorandum of Understanding, which commits signatory countries to pay particular attention to the protection of this species.
Therefore, since the inception of OTOP, the society deals with the protection of this species. 2005, it won the funding for a EU LIFE Project “Conserving Aquatic Warbler in Poland and Germany”. In this project OTOP led the monitoring of sites occupied by the Aquatic Warbler and inventory of its polish population. More knowledge on threats and habitat requirements of this species was gained. New ways to manage the vegetation within Aquatic Warbler habitats were tested and their impact on the bird’s population measured. Read more about this project here.
During the project it was noted that for the protection of Aquatic Warbler habitat the most important is to use the conservation methods regularly. Works only during the projects are not sufficient. Therefore, OTOP intends within the EU LIFE+ Project Aquatic Warbler and Biomass to introduce a sustainable development of biomass use systems, which will provide funding for conservation measurements on Aquatic Warbler sites, due to usage of the cut biomass. Thus, even after the project finishes, its partners will be willing to use the measures needed by Aquatic Warbler.
The project started in September 2010 and will be run until the end of August 2014. Its budget counts about 3 850 000.