Great Bustard LIFE 2016-2023

Basic information:

Project title:Cross-border protection of the Great Bustard in Central Europe (LIFE15/NAT/AT/000834)
Project period: 25th July 2016 – 31st December 2023
Budget: 8 399 265 €  (EU contribution: 75%)
Main project website (available in English, German and Hungarian):
English summary

Main aims and actions:

The overall aim of the project is to prevent the most important threats to great bustard populations within the Carpathian Basin:

  • preventing collisions with power lines by replacing hazardous aerial sections with ground cable
  • population management of nest predators by specific control measures of predatory species within great bustard habitats
  • screening the impact of adverse agricultural technologies, mitigation, awareness raising and education
  • bilateral cooperation to harmonize protective measures in Austria and Hungary
  • demonstrative elements on the species and its conservation targeting the laymen society


Lead partner:
Österreichische Gesellschaft Großtrappenschutz (Austrian Foundation for the Conservation of the Great Bustard)

Hungarian partners:

  • Kiskunság National Park Directorate
  • Bükk National Park Directorate
  • ELMŰ Electric Network Co.
  • Kőrös-Maros National Park Directorate
  • BirdLife Hungary

Austrian partners:

  • Amt der Burgenländischen Landesregierung, Abteilung 5 - Anlagenrecht, Umweltschutz und Verkehr
  • Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Naturschutz
  • Netz Burgenland Strom GmbH
  • Netz Niederösterreich Gmb