Monitoring activities

In LIFE-Nature projects the project activities are always accompanied by monitoring activities, whose main aim is to evaluate the results of the project.

Action D1: Monitoring programme for conservation works

In activity D.1 management activities such as the thinning of broadleaved species in juniper woods and the effect of livestock farming in a priority habitat type are monitored. In particular, the monitoring of activities C.1 and C.2 and their results is a key criterion for assessing the impacts of restoration activities and the conservation status of the habitat type. The information provided by this monitoring is important in order to improve performance through the timely adaptation of the measures in activities C.1 and C.2. The monitoring programme is based on a combination of indicators related to natural regeneration, stand dynamics, flora and vegetation.

Action D2: Monitoring programme for restoration works (plantation success)

Activity D.2 concerns the monitoring and evaluation of restoration activities. During the LIFE+ JunEx project, the viability of the seedlings will be monitored and the need for any unforeseen additional measures which may be required will be assessed, such as additional watering and weed removal.

Action D3: Monitoring programme for socio-economic consequences

Activity D.3 concerns the monitoring of socio-economic impacts and is a mandatory activity for all LIFE projects. Essentially it is a survey by questionnaire, chiefly at local level, through which any increase in knowledge of the habitat type in the region can be substantiated. The questionnaires will be completed in three phases, at the beginning, middle and end of the project.

December 2016 - Action progress
This action initially foresaw three phases. However following the findings of the first phase it was decided to implement it in two phases. The first phase was implemented in February 2014 and you can find a summary of the results in the deliverables section, while the second phase is currently in progress.

September 2017 – Action progress

The second and final phase of the monitorinf for socio-economic consequences was completed with the final report in September 2017. The final report was based on the analysis of questionnaires implemented on various target groups in April 2017. The results of the monitoring action are included in the final report, which is available in the deliverables section of this website and below.