The Project 'GYPAS' aims at enriching the extremely small population of the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus with individuals from Crete, so that the population recovers. The project is carried out under the 'Cross Border Cooperation Programme Greece-Cyprus 2007- 2013' and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and national funds of Greece and Cyprus.
The ‘Gypas’ Project started in September 2011 and will last for 24 months. The programme is led by the Game Fund in Cyprus, and partners in the program are BirdLife Cyprus and the Department of Forestry in Cyprus, and the Natural History Museum of Crete and Gortyna Municipality in Crete.
The actions that will take place as part of the project include building a new holding cage at Limnatis, building two new ‘restaurants’ for Vultures and extending an existing cage in Agios Giannis in Pafos. Furthermore, there will be monitoring of the population, several public awareness-raising activities and the production of informational material.
In Crete, a Vulture rehabilitation centre will be created, for their re-introduction to the wild, and there will be monitoring of the population and public awareness-raising activities.
Lastly, an international conference will be taking place in Cyprus, with the participation of European experts. During the programme, there will be 20-30 vultures sent from Crete to Cyprus.