The European Commission has extended the Aquatic Warbler conservation project until 2026. In the next three years, naturalists will devote most of their efforts to the application and improvement of translocation of these rare birds.
“Given the uncertainty caused by the war in the two most important countries for this species, Ukraine and Belarus, where two-thirds of the world’s Aquatic warblers breed, and our extremely successful experience with translocation, this method may be the only hope for saving the species. Now more than ever, it is important to strengthen weak and restore extinct populations,” says Žymantas Morkvėnas, the director of the Baltic Environment Forum Lithuania, which takes care of the conservation of Aquatic Warblers.
Within two years, 100 of these rare baby birds are planned to be transferred from the Biebrza National Park to the Roswarowo marshes on the Polish-German border.