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Cumulative Human Impact on biRd Populations (CHIRP)

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Two associations, one institute, two ministries and two public bodies are involved in this project.
Prof.dr. J.C.J.M. de Kroon
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen,
Wiskunde en Informatica
Experimental Plant Ecology


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Open Technologieprogramma

Protecting nature is increasingly challenging, because reserves and organisms are subject to a variety of anthropogenic pressures that vary in extent, time and space. Although some pressures are individually well studied, it is unknown how pressures accumulate and what their relative importance is for the viability of protected species. This lack of knowledge is a major hurdle for organizations involved in economic activities, legislation and nature conservation. Our solution is to develop and validate a framework of interlocking models that integrate the vast knowledge of existing studies as well as perform targeted field measurements using a wild bird as a model system. We will quantify the cumulative impact of human activities on population numbers and identify the most efficient mitigating or compensatory actions, which is crucial to substantiate future permit applications for economic activities. Our framework will also assess the efficiency of conservation actions on a national scale.