The Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity and its Habitat
IBERIAN LYNX CONSERVATION
The European Nature Trust is thrilled to be supporting the Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity and its Habitat (CBD-Habitat) in their work implementing projects dedicated to the recovery, conservation and reintroduction of the Iberian Lynx.
Founded in 1999, CBD Habitat work throughout the Dehesa region and Mediterranean forests, protecting its landscape and inhabitants. Whilst the Iberian lynx is their main focus, their projects involve ensuring that the other species of wildlife and plantlife within its ecosystem are also equally supported.
Through restoring habitats, working with local landowners to educate and improve coexistence, boosting rabbit populations and improving infrastructure, CBD Habitat Foundation want to reduce the threats faced by the Iberian lynx.
The Iberian lynx’s distribution area is primarily within private properties. Landowners’ participation in the project is formalised through signing Collaboration Agreements that include the execution of habitat improvement and management measures, as well as efforts to effectively protect the lynx.
MONITORING LYNX POPULATIONS
The CBD-Habitat Foundation team has been monitoring the Iberian lynx since 1999 with the goal of determining the species’ presence, its use of the habitat, and the incidence rate of possible risk factors (poaching, habitat alteration and destruction, the state of rabbit populations, etc.) To this end, monitoring techniques such as camera trapping are used (camera traps are installed to monitor lynx populations and other species).
IMPROVING HABITAT MANAGEMENT
Food availability is one of the most important factors for the lynx’s survival. Therefore, the recovery of its primary prey’s population, the wild rabbit, is vital for sustaining and growing the lynx population.
DIRECTING AND MONITORING EFFORTS TO COORDINATE AND MANAGE LYNX HABITAT
Lynx habitat improvement efforts and wild rabbit population management are both under constant analysis and evaluation. Based on findings obtained, a Handbook on Managing the Habitat of the Lynx and Its Main Prey, the Scrubland Rabbit (Spanish) was developed and made available to managers and property owners.
INFORMATION AND AWARENESS
The aim of information campaigns is to raise awareness among people coexisting with the lynx regarding the situation in which lynx populations find themselves (i.e., in danger of extinction) and encourage a positive and collaborative attitude. Activities conducted include development of materials for dissemination, advertising programs, debates, journal article publication, communications in academic media, website postings and seminars.
CBD HABITAT FOUNDATION & TENT
The European Nature Trust (TENT) are delighted to be embarking on a new partnership with CBD Habitat Foundation to help to further their work to protect and restore the Iberian lynx population and habitat of the Spanish Dehesa.
TENT assists CBD Habitat Foundation in their work through networking, fundraising events and taking our supporters on tailor-made trips to experience the conservation project.
We look forward to developing our partnership with CBD Habitat Foundation. The benefits of protecting and restoring the Iberian lynx and its wilderness habitat in the Dehesa region extend far beyond the local environment, to the surrounding communities and to the entirety of Europe.
FACTS AND FIGURES
- CBD Habitat currently have a catalogue of over 200 lynx
- Their team monitor and protect 12,000 hectares covering 12 territories