Action D.3: Monitoring of the restoration of Juniperus foetidissima forests (9560*)

The project aims to increase the area of Juniperus foetidissima forests on Mt. Oiti (Photo: G. Karetsos)

The purpose of this action is to monitor the impact of the project interventions on the Juniperus foetidissima forests on Mt. Oiti.

Specifically, the regeneration of Juniperus foetidissima as well as the results of the reintroduction of the habitat (action C.5) will be monitored by indices specified by action A.7. The action will start on the fourth year of the project, one year after the first establishment of Juniperus foetidissima saplings in the field (action C.5), and will continue until the end of the project. The results of the monitoring will be evaluated annually.

reasons why this is necessary: 

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 action C.5 and help amend the methodology of management, or to develop alternative management techniques if necessary. It must be noted that this action will also evaluate, indirectly, the impact of action C.7 (ex situ conservation and propagation of keystone species) on the habitat 9560*, since it will evaluate the success of the establishment of plants produced by action C.7 and used in action C.5.

expected results: 
  • Two annual reports with the description and interpretation of the results of annual monitoring of Juniperus foetidissima forests.

The reports will include evaluation of the management interventions and, if necessary, proposals for their amendment. The second (final) report will include a proposal for the establishment of long term after-LIFE monitoring and management.

beneficiary responsible for implementation: 

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