Sources of funding

Implementation of the project 'Od Wisłoki do Wieprza - active protection of endangered bird species in the Vistula River valley' began in 2021 and will continue until 2024. Funding for the project was granted by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and is financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA and Norwegian Funds.

The EEA funds represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to creating a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: to reduce economic and social inequalities in Europe and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and the 15 countries of the EU from Central and Southern Europe and the Baltic Sea area.

Donor States work closely with the EU under the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement. The Donors have provided €3.3 billion in successive fund programmes between 1994 and 2014. The EEA funds for 2014-2021 amount to €1.55 billion.

The priorities for this period are:

  1. innovation, research, education and competitiveness;
  2. social inclusion, youth employment and poverty reduction;
  3. environment, energy, climate change and low-carbon economy;
  4. culture, civil society, good governance and fundamental rights;
  5. justice and home affairs.

The EEA Funds are jointly funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contribution is based on their GDP. Eligibility for the funds is based on meeting the criteria set out under the EU Cohesion Fund, intended for Member States with a gross domestic income per capita of less than 90% of the EU average.


It was established in 2019 by passionate people who have been involved in research and active nature conservation in the Lublin region for many years. The vast experience has allowed its representatives to develop an innovative method of protecting some endangered species of waders. The method involves helping with breeding – from protecting eggs from loss to rearing birds „from the egg” in aviaries. The Foundation has focused its work around the Vistula River, mainly on the section from the Wisłoka River to the Wieprz River and throughout Polesia.

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This is a Norwegian organisation dedicated to the protection of birds and their habitats since 1957. In 2021, it had as many as 12,500 members. A wealth of experience allows its members to operate on a very broad scale. Numerous local and international projects, bird conservation support activities, counts, monitoring, workshops and many other activities provide great opportunities to achieve the organisation’s goals. Thanks to the cooperation with such an experienced partner, we will be able to jointly exchange experiences and share knowledge on topics that are close to the participating organisations.

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Project objectives

The aim of the project is the active protection of endangered species of waders along the Małopolski Przełomu Wisły. The species covered by the protection programme are: Oystercatcher, Common Gull, Mediterranean Gull and Ringed Plover. The implementation of a comprehensive and systematic protection programme will contribute to the maintenance and strengthening of the breeding population of the above-mentioned bird species, as well as to an increase in public awareness.

The main problem is the decreasing and unstable populations of waders in the Małopolski Przełom Vistła section, caused by a lack of breeding success. The causes are: overgrowth of habitats and breeding sites, floods and water intakes during the breeding season, mammal predation, human activity and presence, lack of comprehensive and systematic protection of waders in the area. The situation of the breeding waders in the Małopolski Przełomu Wisły is unstable, the number of birds is low and subject to large fluctuations. The supply of young to the population is very limited and insufficient to maintain stability through large losses in breeding. The method adopted for the project is comprehensive and assumes active protection, from egg-laying to the release of young. By maintaining the habitat in a suitable condition for the birds to nest, collecting eggs and storing them in incubators until the young hatch, returning the hatchlings to their parents and, where this is not possible, rearing in aviaries and releasing the young into the natural environment, brood losses will be eliminated or significantly reduced. As a result, the condition of the environment in the Vistula ecosystems of the Małopolski Przełom Wisły will be improved. Recipients of the project through the activities carried out will also include local residents, tourists, youth, children, teachers, tourist guides, owners of agro-tourism farms, animators, representatives of districts, communes, employees of tourist offices and companies.

The project activities implement: „EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020”.

Objective: Full implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and combating invasive alien species, „Programme for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity with action plan 2015-2020”.

Objective: To preserve and restore natural habitats and populations of endangered species, Plan of protective tasks for the Natura 2000 area Małopolski Przełom Wisły.

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An island on the Vistula near Zastów Karczmiski.

The project is supported by

Zamojskie Towarzystwo Przyrodnicze

Wolne Rzeki

About us

PTASIE HORYZONTY FOUNDATION was established by passionate people who have been researching and actively protecting nature in the Lublin region for many years.

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ul. Spółdzielcza 34,
24-220 Niedrzwica Duża
NIP: 713 310 52 79

tel. 519 801 302; 535 571 818

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