Open navigation

Preparatory Actions

The preparatory actions, form the first and most important phase of the project, as they pave the way for the conservation actions that will follow. The optimal implementation of the conservation interventions requires the prior conduction of specific studies that will set the specifications. More specifically the preparatory actions will set the framework: for the management of the reedbed, for the control of an avian flu outbreak, for the establishment of a climate change resilient ecosystem protocol and  resilient ecosystem and finally for the use of of cut reeds for other purposes. 

Actions

  • A1. Assessment of wetland vegetation management
  • A2. Guidelines for wetland vegetation management
  • A3. Technical studies for the restoration of function of stream mouths
  • A4. Feasibility study for alternative uses of reed biomass
  • A5. Guidelines for responding to incidences of disease outbreak in pelicans
  • A6. Assessment of habitat vulnerability to climate change to establish “climate change proof” wetland vegetation management. 

Conservation Actions

The conservation actions form the main part of the project and their implementation is based on the directions and specifications that arise from the preparatory actions. They include the management of the wetland vegetation in specific sites which the relevant studies will determine. It also important to note that the management of the reeds was experimentally first implemented in Lesser Prespa in 1999. In 2002-2007 a management on a wider scale was applied (LIFE 02 NAT GR 8494) with a positive impact on biodiversity and human activities that are directly connected with the wetland, such as fishing and farming. After the completion of the project in 2007 the management was continued through a multi-participatory system of decision making, the Wetland Management Committee. The new LIFE project is expected to expand the reed management facing important issues that emerged over the years and demand special treatment such as the necessity in the increase of free from vegetation water surfaces and the management of the deeper areas of the lake. Also, for the first time, critical issues will be addressed like the vegetation management in selected drainage ditches (to minimize the risk of reed bed wildfires)and the restoration of two stream mouths in order to improve the access of specific fish species for their reproduction, as well as the feeding grounds of the 9 target species of the project. Also, different uses of the reed biomass will be applied according to the guidelines of the corresponding preparatory study. Finally, the cooperation with Albania and FYROM will be strengthen through the operation of a transboundary wetland management committee.

Actions

  • C1. Management of wetland vegetation
  • C2. Management of drainage ditches vegetation
  • C3. Restoration of function of stream mouths
  • C4. Biomass utilization for soil conditioning
  • C5. Transboundary coordination of wetland management and monitoring efforts

Monitoring Actions

These actions aim to monitor the effectiveness of the conservation actions and the targets set in the project. These targets are related both to the improvement of the natural environment  and the level that  the local community perceives and endorses the project. Additionally, the constant monitoring of the program will indicate  any arising constraint and will contribute in the development  of alternative plans, if necessary. 

Actions

  • D1. Scientific monitoring of biodiversity indicators
  • D2. Monitoring of the project performance indicators
  • D3. Assessment of the socio-economic impact of the project 
  • D4. Assessment of the ecosystem functions restoration

Communication Actions

The communication actions of the project aim to approach a variety ofof different  audiences. The local community of Prespa, the academic community, the stakeholders who are involved in wetland management,  as well as sensitized visitors and especially birdwatchers consist priority target groups. Each of these different audiences, will be approached with separate actions, and more specifically:

Actions

  • E1. Dissemination of the project and networking
  • E2. Media tools: documentary & smart phone application
  • E3. Communication material
  • E4. Summer school for wetland management and monitoring techniques
  • E5. Environmental education activities 
  • E6. Workshops for stakeholders for responding to disease outbreaks

Action Area

Action Area