Saving Albania’s Vultures

Location: Albania

Subject: Natural World

Dates: 2016 – 2018

Related ACE Cultural Tours: Albania

Mission/Vision

Saving Albania’s Vultures is project that has been running for the last two years in collaboration with Birdlife International and RSPB into the threats facing the migratory Egyptian Vulture population in Southern Albania, and to document findings regarding an appropriate strategy for incentivising engagement in Vulture conservation amongst key stake holders.

Project & ACE

KEVIN HAND, MSC MCIEEM

Kevin is a conservationist and environmental consultant, and has a special interest in birds, mammals and ecotourism. Kevin has led wildlife tours for the ACE Foundation for 25 year and has led many projects linking nature and communities, including a Darwin Initiative on the taiga forests in Siberia and a programme to identify sustainable use of forest resources in the Ecuadorian Amazon. He was a Director of the Tree Council and ran National Tree Week in the UK for 13 years.

While setting up a tour in Albania he began working with local NGO PPNEA, focussing on Egyptian vulture as a flagship species to highlight wildlife conservation throughout the country. After many adventures he led a crowd-funded expedition in Albania last summer surveying for vultures and other species, experiencing a major drought in the south and sub zero temperatures in the northern mountains.

As a result of this project one of the team, Joe Wood, a MSc Conservation Leadership student from Cambridge University, completed his Masters thesis on the Egyptian vulture, its problems and possible solutions, supervised by Kevin. This work is now being used by PPNEA in Albania.

In April 2017 Kevin was appointed President of the Cambridge Natural History Society.

www.ppnea.org