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Improving the conservation status of the priority habitat types *1520 and *5220 at the
R I Z O E L I A   N A T I O N A L   F O R E S T   PARK
Action


. Preliminary Actions
.1 Detailed mapping of the distribution of the targeted habitat types and the locations where conservation activities take place

.2 Composition and structure of the priority habitat type *1520

.3 Preparation of Monitoring Plans

.4 Preparation of Management Plans

.5 Preparation of Action Plans for the enhancement of the targeted habitat types



C. Concrete Conservation Actions
C.1 On site habitat demarcation and fencing of gypsum steppes *1520

C.2 Minimizing the impact of competitive vegetation on priority habitat types *5220 and *1520

C.3 Restoration of the targeted habitat types

C.4 Fire Prevention

C.5 In situ and inter situ conservation of the targeted habitat types keystone species   

C.6 Habitat re-creation of arborescent matorrals with Ziziphus (*5220) adjacent to Rizoelia area



D. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions
D.1 Monitoring of Concrete Conservation Actions

D.2 Socio - economic study



E. Public awareness and dissemination of results
E.1 Information campaign

E.2 Website development - Production of promotion material

E.3 Conferences

E.4 Layman's report



F. Overall project operation and monitoring of the project progress
F.1 Project management

F.2 Project monitoring

F.3 Scientific Committee

F.4 Stakeholder Committee

F.5 Networking with other LIFE and/or non-LIFE projects

F.6 After-LIFE Conservation Plan

Date         Action        Progress

Aug-16       3         Abstract was prepared and sent to the 8th Panhellenic Ecology Conference
Aug-16       1         Publication of an article to the official newspaper of Aradippou Municipality
Aug-16       1         Third newsletter publication
Jul-16         3         Abstract was accepted to be included at the World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems 2016
Jun-16        C1         Demarcation-Soft fencing of habitat type *1520 was completed
May-16       F5         LIFE-RIZOELIA project participated at the European Natura 2000 Day, co-organised with LIFE+ project LIFE-FOR BIRDS on 20/5/2015 in Cyprus
May-16       C4         Vegetation clearings started in May 2015, in order to reduce the fuel continuity around the two priority habitats as well in the area of  habitat re-creation for *5220
May-16       C3         Construction of stonewalls
Apr-16        E1          Third article publication
Apr-16        F3           Second meeting of Scientific Committee
Mar-16        E1           Second local workshop in Aradippou
Feb-16        F1           Progress Report
Feb-16        F4           Participation of Stakeholders to the re-creation activities of the habitat *5220
Dec-15       C6           Ziziphus lotus saplings started being planted in the first re-creation site (replacement of failures)
Nov-15        D2           Phone survey has started
Nov-15        E1           Third press release
Oct-15        F4           Third meeting of Stakeholder Committee
Oct-15        C2           Prescribed burning of Acacia saligna biomass
Oct-15        E1           Second newsletter publication
Aug-15        E3           Fourth publication in international conference
Aug-15        C6           Construction of 30 m length of stonewalls
Jul-15          F1           Midterm Report
Jul-15          C2           Dodonea viscosa individuals and selected Yucca spp. were removed from Rizoelia National Forest Park and Alona area
                                 (near *5220 habitat type re-creation area), respectively
Jun-15         E1           Second article publication in newspapers/magazines
Jun-15         F5            LIFE-RIZOELIA project participated at the Final Info Day of the LIFE+ project JUNIPERCY on 20/6/2015.
Jun-15         C4           Clearing of vegetation on parts of the perimeter of Rizoelia National Forest Park (with agricultural tractor) to reduce fuel continuity
Jun-15         E1           LIFE-RIZOELIA project participated at the Green Week Satellite Event on 12/6/2015
May-15        F5           LIFE-RIZOELIA project participated at the European Natura 2000 Day, organised by the LIFE+ project JUNIPERCY on 21/5/2015 in Cyprus
May-15        C4           Vegetation clearings started in May 2015, in order to reduce the fuel continuity around the two priority habitats as well in the area of  habitat re-creation for *5220
Apr-15         3           Abstract was prepared and sent to the ICCB: 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology - 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology
Apr-15         C5           Production of saplings for restoration and re-creation of *5220 habitat type is ongoing
Apr-15         C4           Limit vehicle access (road network and fire traces were closed)
Apr-15         C3           Recording activities took place in April 2015, where seed dispersal of the keystone species of *1520 was carried out.
Apr-15         C2           Control of Acacia saligna beyond the initial target of the project was started in April 2015
Apr-15         C1            Demarcation-Soft fencing of habitat type *1520 (1 Km)
Mar-15         -              A project flyer was distributed to all inhabitants of Aradippou Municipality in March 2015.
Feb-15        C2            Department of Forest started recording the outcomes of the Acacia saligna control
Feb-15        C2            Following up activities of Acacia saligna control started
Feb-15        C2            Pilot control of Oxalis pes-caprae started
Feb-15        E2            Distribution of the project's leaflet to students of public and private schools
Jan-15        C4            Fire prevention action started
Jan-15        F5            Experts' Workshop implementation and completion of action
Jan-15        E1            Publication of project's leaflet
Jan-15        A4            Approval of Management Plans by Department of Forests and finalisation of action
Dec-14       F5            Visit to Almeria (Spain) for networking with other LIFE projects
Dec-14       E1            Second press release
Dec-14       A4            Completion of Management Plans
Nov-14       A5            Completion of Feasibility Study and finalisation of action
Nov-14       E1            Installation of the two Habitat Information Boards and two Notice Boards at Rizoelia National Forest Park
Nov-14       F4            Second meeting of Stakeholder Committee
Oct-14       A5            Completion of Action Plans
Oct-14       E3            Third publication in international conference
Oct-14       A3            Approval of Monitoring Plans by Department of Forests and finalisation of action
Sep-14      E1            First newsletter publication
Sep-14      E3            Second publication in international conference
Sep-14      A2            Completion of the report on population structure of the priority habitat type *1520 and finalisation of action
Sep-14      A3            Completion of Monitoring Plans
Aug-14      E2            Dissemination of promotion material (hats, pens) during a biogeogrpahical seminar/workshop
Jul-14       C6            Habitat re-creation of arborescent matorral with Zyziphus (*5220) adjacent to Rizoelia area started
Jul-14       E2            Dissemination of promotion material (hats, pens) to project partners
Jul-14       C3            Restoration of the targeted habitat types started
Jul-14       C1            On site habitat demarcation and fencing of gypsum steppes *1520 started
Jun-14      A1            Preparation of high resolution color maps of the distribution of the habitat type *1520 & *5220, the locations of significant invasion of alien plant taxa
                               (Acacia sp. and Oxalis pes-caprae) and the proposed locations for the implementation of Concrete Conservation Actions. Finalisation of the action
May-14     A1            Completion of mapping of targeted habitat types  in Rizoelia National Forest Park
May-14     F1            Elaboration of the project Inception Report
May-14     E1            First local workshop in Aradippou
Apr-14      A2            Composition and structure of the priority habitat type *1520 started
Mar-14     E1            First article publication
Feb-14     C2            Minimizing the impact of competitive vegetation on priority habitat types *5220 & *1520 (Initiation of Acacia saligna control)
Feb-14     E2            Online publication of the project's website
Feb-14     D1            Approval of Conservation Monitoring Protocol by Scientific Committee
Feb-14     F3            First meeting of Scientific Committee
Feb-14     A5            Preparation of Action Plans started
Jan-14     D1            Completion of Conservation Monitoring Protocol
Jan-14     F4            Nomination of Stakeholder Committee
Jan-14     F4            First meeting of Stakeholder Committee
Dec-13    F2            Completion of Project Monitoring Protocol
Nov-13    F5            Networking with other LIFE and/or non-LIFE projects started
Nov-13    D1            Monitoring of Concrete Conservation Actions started
Nov-13    F1            Completion of Project Management Manual
Nov-13    E1            First press release
Oct-13    C5            Measures for in situ and inter situ conservation of the targeted habitat types' keystone species started
Oct-13    A3            Preparation of Monitoring Plans started
Oct-13    A4            Preparation of Management Plans started
Oct-13    E1            Finalization of project's logo
Oct-13    E1            Information campaign started
Oct-13    E3            First publication in international conference
Oct-13    F1            Kick-off meeting of LIFE projects in Athens
Sep-13    F2            Project monitoring started
Sep-13    E2            Website development - Production of promotion material started
Sep-13    D2            Socio - economic study started
Sep-13    A1            Mapping of the distribution of targeted habitat types and the locations where conservation actions will take place started
Sep-13    F1            Nomination of Project Management Team
Sep-13                   Initiation of the project