On International Vulture Awareness Day, the MONACHUS Project starts with an event in Huerta de Arriba (Burgos), where vultures will be tagged with GPS transmitters.
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Red Eléctrica has recently signed an agreement to work with Grupo de la Rehabilitación de la Fauna Autóctona y su Hábitat (Group for the Rehabilitation of Local Fauna and its Habitat, or GREFA as per its Spanish acronym), which defines the procedure for executing the four-year MONACHUS Project for the reintroduction of the black vulture in the province of Burgos, by releasing, tagging and monitoring an average of 7 birds per year. Furthermore, there are plans for an educational programme aimed at the population living in the area of reintroduction.
The MONACHUS Project will be carried out in the Iberian System mountain range, specifically in the areas of Huerta de Arriba and Arauzo de Miel municipalities (province of Burgos), and aims to create a bridge of communication between the main nuclei of the species in the Southwestern quadrant of Spain, and the nuclei that have emerged in the Pyrenees as a result of similar projects. Specifically, Red Eléctrica worked on the project to reintroduce the black vulture in Catalonia, during the 2008-2015 period.
The birds born and released during the project will be tagged with GPS transmitters for their monitoring, which will make it possible to gain knowledge of the use of their home ranges, locate black spots and threat factors, identify areas of expansion, etc. At the same time as the reintroduction and monitoring of birds, supplementary feed will be provided in selected areas of the environment.
The associated educational programme aims to promote favourable attitudes in society regarding the conservation of nature as a whole, focusing especially on the conservation of large carrion birds and, specifically, the black vulture. It will include publishing an informational booklet, as well as hosting chats, courses and conferences in the municipalities where the project will be carried out.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, and its Biodiversity Foundation both participate in this project, which is also supported by the Regional Government of Castile and León, and several public administrations of other Autonomous Communities.
By means of this agreement, Red Eléctrica, in its capacity as system operator and manager of the electricity transmission network, highlights its commitment to sustainable development and environmental protection, both objectives included in its environmental policy and biodiversity strategy.