LIFE Apollo2020

Conservation of Parnassius apollo in Poland, Czechia and Austria

Project details

  • Project programme: LIFE Programme
  • Project budget: € 5 037 225.00
  • European Wilderness Society budget: € 1 202 802.00
  • Start date: 01/09/2021
  • End date: 31/03/2028
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Project objectives

By 2028 the international project aim to recreate the Parnassius apollo populations in 3 functional areas: Sudetes and White Carpathians in the Continental bioregion and strengthening the Austrian Alps in the Alpine bioregion.

During the project, 3 additional breeding farms and 3 new functional areas will be created to anchor the populations in natural conditions, as well as at least 38 “stepping stone sites” to secure species migration corridors between the new sites. The project is therefore the first to implement test and pilot actions for further population development in the bioregions by:

  • Recreating of populations in Poland, Czechia in the Continental bioregion and strengthening the Austrian population in the Alpine bioregion
  • Creating a coherent methodology for Apollo butterfly protection in the Continental bioregion
  • Improving habitat quality of the species such as protecting breeding habitats and feeding grounds
  • Creating ecological corridors
  • Raising awareness towards the conservation and maintenance of habitats and of the species
  • Strengthening social involvement in species protection

Project partners

  • Karkonoski National Park (Coordinating Beneficiary)
  • European Wilderness Society
  • W. Szafer Institute of Botany of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Klub Przyrodników
  • Education and information centre Bílé Karpaty
  • Českýsvaz ochránců přírody Hradec Králové

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