Life Rupis – Conservation of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle in the Douro Valley’ (LIFE14 NAT/PT/000855) is a transboundary conservation project, with a duration of 4 years (2015 – 2019), co-financed by the European Union through the LIFE Programme funding instrument.

The project, which takes place on the Portuguese-Spanish border,across the protected areas of the International Douro River, the valley of Águeda River, and Arribes del Duero, aims to strengthen the populations of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle in these areas by reducing mortality and improving breeding success. Other raptor species like the Black Vulture and the Red Kite will also benefit from the project actions.

Network of Egyptian Vulture-Friendly Landowners

The Network of Egyptian Vulture-Friendly Landowners aims to bring together and highlight landowners and producers who strive to align their practices with sustainable development of the Douro region. In the network, landowners can exchange knowledge and benefit from the Rupis project's experience and expertise.

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Egyptian Vultures survived the desert
Two of our Egyptian Vultures, Douro and Rupis, have resurfaced after crossing the Sahara desert.
Last power line corrected on Portuguese side
We have now placed protections on 160 pylons (23km of dangerous power lines) - more than we set out to at the start of the project.