LIFE PRIMED (LIFE17 NAT/GR/000511) - “Restoration, management and valorisation of PRIority habitats of MEDiterranean coastal areas”
- Titolo: LIFE PRIMED (LIFE17 NAT/GR/000511) - “Restoration, management and valorisation of PRIority habitats of MEDiterranean coastal areas”
- Ruolo: Responsabile di Progetto
- Anno: 2017
- Bando o Programma di Finanziamento: LIFE: Environment and Climate Action
- Ente Erogatore: EASME
- Descrizione Progetto: Transitional small wetlands and coastal forests are among the most degraded and threatened ecosystems in the EU. This has resulted in many habitats and species in Mediterranean coastal areas having ‘unfavourable’, ‘vulnerable’ or ‘near threatened’ conservation status according to the Habitats Directive. Actions to improve the conservation status of habitats are particularly needed in two such areas along with the Greek and Italian coasts, identified in preparatory project work. The Palo Laziale forest forms the core of the ‘Bosco di Palo Laziale’ Natura 2000 site in Italy. It covers 50 ha and is largely composed of the habitat ‘Pannonian-Balkanic turkey oak-sessile oak forests’. In Greece, the largest remaining riparian forest in the Mediterranean area is protected within the ‘Delta Nestou’ Natura 2000 site. This is of great ornithological value, but in past decades has been severely reduced in size. Previous conservation efforts included the reforestation of 60 ha by the ‘Nestos’ (LIFE02 NAT/GR/008489) project. Habitats and species in both Natura 2000 sites face several serious threats, including shrub expansion, eutrophication and inappropriate water management, and invasive alien species.
The main aim of the LIFE PRIMED project is to improve the conservation status of habitats and species in the Nestos Delta and Palo Laziale woods Natura 2000 sites in Greece and Italy, respectively. The targeted habitats are ‘Mediterranean temporary ponds’, Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior’, ’Arborescent matorral with Laurus nobilis’ and ‘Pannonian-Balkanic turkey oak-sessile oak forests’, all protected under Annex II of the Habitats Directive. Moreover, the project aims to improve the conservation status of characteristic species, particularly Hermann's tortoise (Eurotestudo hermanni), European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis), Jersey tiger moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria), all protected under Annex I of the Habitats Directive, as well as species listed in the Birds Directive. Direct conservation interventions are planned in both Natura 2000 sites, such as increasing the area of ‘Mediterranean temporary ponds’. The project also aims to quantify the causes leading to ‘unfavourable’ conservation status of these habitats and species, and develop mechanisms to sustain management actions after the project. Moreover, it aims at engaging local residents in conservation actions, especially related to tourism to support the local economy.
- Area: Ambiente e territorio
- Altre Informazioni:www.lifeprimed.eu