Actions

A.1: Special Environmental Study (SES). Since there is still no Competent Authority to manage the GR4210005 NATURA 2000 site in Rhodes, there is no SES for the area today. This action will cover this gap in the national conservation status and will fulfil the protected area’s requirements as set out in national and EC legislation (92/43/EC). The SES will be a result of 6 Specific Studies and will produce 4 Action Plans.

A.2: Implementation Plan. This will achieve the transfer of the experimental design in the field, depending on the model which will finally be chosen. Four main interventions are considered (erosion protection, soil enrichment, flora enrichment and water balance improvement via irrigation), they will be applied in the field, alone and in combinations between them, each in an area of 1 ha, in four geographical repetitions.

A.3: Calls for Tender Preparations. This action will cover all the preparations that have to be carried out, always according to the national legislation, in order to announce calls for tender for the intervention work in the field (fencing, plant provision, compost transfer, pit creation, planting, irrigation etc).

C.1 Anti-erosion Interventions. The anti-erosion method of choice is to create twig land-barriers and apply them on 4 experimental segments (1 ha each) with 4 repetitions each.

C.2: Soil Improvement Interventions. This will utilize sewage sludge from the waste treatment facilities on the island (tertiary or secondary treatment) in order to enrich the damaged soil, on 4 experimental segments (1 ha each) with 4 repetitions each.

C.3: Planting Interventions. In order to enrich the local floral potential, planting will occur in 4 experimental segments (1 ha each) with 4 repetitions each. The species to be used will be defined following the SES.

C.4: Irrigation Interventions. This new and innovative method will use suitable water quantities provided by the waste treatment facilities and will irrigate 4 experimental segments (1 ha each) with 4 repetitions each, via a surface application system in order to avoid environmental impacts during its removal etc.

C.5: Comparative Assessment of Interventions. The experimental design which contains 16 combinations of the 4 basic interventions, will allow via statistical analysis to deduce conclusions regarding the environmental safety and sustainability of each one alone and in each combination.

D.1: Notice Board & Life+ Door Signs. The construction & placement of 5 +Life notice board in each of the 5 main restoration sites, along with 5 Life+ door signs at the various offices and laboratories where the project is executed, will serve the local, passive dissemination of the project.

D.2: Project Website. The project’s website, carrying the Life+ logo, will be developed and hosted on the co-ordinator’s main website (http://www.ellet.gr) at the onset of the project. The other partner’s websites will also provide links to it. It will include details of the projects duration, objectives, actions, events, progress and results. It will be continuously updated and will be maintained after the end of the project in order to ensure further dissemination.

D.3: Layman’s Report. Carrying the Life+ logo it will be published after the project’s end, in paper and electronic format, Greek & English, in order to present the project, its objectives, its actions, along with images and results to a general public. It will also be available on the website.

D.4: Events. This action will include 2 main events: a. Conference of Greek NATURA 2000 sites Competent Authorities. It’s main objectives will be to present the ongoing project to other Competent Authorities and nature conservation stakeholders. b. End-o-project Event. This event will present the results and with a guided tour for the participants at restoration sites.

D.5: Technical Publications. The scientific papers which will be based on the project’s actions are going to document the project’s innovation character through their publication in international scientific magazines.

D.6: After-LIFE Communication Plan. It will present the continued dissemination and communication of results after the project end and will indicate how the consortium plans to continue and develop the actions in favour of nature conservation in the coming years.

E.1: Project Management. A dedicated project manager will be assigned, as external assistance, to the coordinating beneficiary organisation and will undertake the duties of communication, preparation & submission of all the necessary reports. This action will mainly involve task management & reporting to the EC. The main objectives of this task are: 1. All tasks successfully executed and respective goals and deliverables achieved, to time and budget. 2. Full EC customer satisfaction achieved. All of the above attained through management of the project team and liaison with the EC customer.

E.2: Evaluation Plan & Report. The plan will outline information, feedback etc to be recorded and collected and how this will be analysed. Information will include records of correspondence, dates of milestone achievement, and several indicators concerning the dissemination identified that will be monitored and quantifiable. The project manager will address any problems or weaknesses that are found by evaluation. The report will include information and data collected on each indicator set out by the evaluation plan, and on the Output Indicators. The report will review the implementation of the evaluation plan and address any problems or weaknesses faced during the project’s lifetime and how they were addressed and dealt with in order to overcome them.

E.3: Audit. An independent auditor will carry out an audit, in order to verify the financial statements provided to the EC in final project report. The audit will not only verify the respect of national legislation and accounting rules but will also certify that all costs incurred respect the LIFE+ Common Provisions.

E.4: Networking with other projects. The project manager will carry out integration of the conservation efforts and know—how transfer within the framework of related projects, via international and local travel for conferences, project presentation & dissemination.