Conservation of priority forests and forest openings in "Ethnikos Drymos Oitis" and "Oros Kallidromo" of Sterea Ellada, LIFE11 NAT/GR/1014
Action D.2: Monitoring the impact of management on mountain grasslands (6210*, 6230*)
The purpose of this action is to monitor the impact of the project interventions on the mountain grasslands (6210*, 6230*) of Mt. Kallidromo and Mt. Oiti.
Specifically, vegetation composition and structure (including vegetation cover) as well as biomass will be monitored by indices specified by action A.5. The results of this monitoring will be compared to the base reference state (initial situation) of the mountain grasslands, and the impact of the concrete management actions C.1 and C.3 on the habitats will be assessed. The action will start on the third year of the project, after the implementation of actions C.1 and C.3 for at least one year, and will continue until the end of the project. The results of the monitoring will be evaluated annually.
- Action C.1 (access control, visitor management) is expected to influence the composition and structure of mountain grasslands, mostly in the long-term.
- Action C.3 will influence the grassland vegetation composition and structure both in the short-term and in the long-term.
Monitoring of the impact of the project interventions on the target species and habitats is an action required for all projects with concrete conservation actions according to the guidelines for the LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity 2011 proposals.
Monitoring will allow evaluation of the adequacy of the management interventions of Actions C.1 and C.3 and help amend the methodology of management or to develop alternative management techniques if necessary.
- Three annual reports with the description and interpretation of the results of annual monitoring of the mountain grasslands.
All the reports will include evaluation of the management interventions and, if necessary, proposals for their amendment. The third (final) report will include a proposal for the establishment of long term after-LIFE monitoring and management.