Action F.2 | Networking with other LIFE + Nature projects

The Networking objective of sharing best practices and methodologies will be pursued starting from a close inventory on previous and on-going LIFE projects related to the conservation of the targeted species or species with similar features. All the identified relevant project’s will be contacted. Through these contacts it will be possible putting in place possible future partnerships for other projects and to create potential critical mass for increasing the commitment of local authorities, associations and other stakeholders towards the conservation of the Falco Naumanni.

In order to exchange experiences and assess potential synergies, 3 trips are scheduled to EU destinations where identified relevant other LIFE projects are in progress or concluded leaving a considerable positive experience on the ground. These trips will take place according to relevant achievements of these initiatives providing an added value to the visits during which the present project and the tested best practices will be presented as well.
The Scientific Panel will activate also contacts with the main breeding European areas (namely Greece, Spain, Balkan Countries and Turkey) sharing the knowledge which will be progressively acquired thanks to the activation of the global monitoring through the Argos satellite system and from the conservation actions carried out on the ground. Considering the global feature of this total migrant priority species, this networking activity will be particularly useful in order to share and compare the methodologies adopted in the several areas according to the different territorial features and approach. Involving region like the Western Balkans where the Falco Naumanni was greatly diffused in the previous decades and Turkey which is actually a global tank for this priority species but where very sporadic actions are taking place on the ground for its conservation, this networking will be particularly relevant for upgrading the status of conservation of the Falco Naumanni.

Participation of international experts
Experts (2 each) from Greece, Spain, Western Balkans and Turkey will be invited to join the Scientific Panel once a year, starting from the 2nd year of the project. They will come to Italy three (3) times staying 3 night each time and will bring their field experience in conservation actions for enhancing the quality of the work to be carried out by the Scientific Panel. Several input could also come from the international experts side to the drafting of the National Action Plan for the Lesser kestrel integrating the state-of-the-art methodologies into the final official document to be presented to the Ministry of Environment.

At the purpose of international networking the following organisations were individuated for future contacts.
– DEMA (Defensa y Estudio del Medio Ambiente) for Spain,
– the LPO PACA (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux delegacion regional Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) for France,
– the Green Balkans Federation for the Balkan Region,
– the Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (LPN),
– the HOS Hellenic Ornithological Society,
– the Doga Dernegi and the Southern Turkey National Parks were this bird is residential in Turkey.

At networking purposes, the following projects could be potentially contacted for best practices comparison and transferring and lessons learnt sharing:
(LIFE05 NAT/F/000134) «Conservation et renforcement du Faucon crécerellette dans l’Aude (France) et l’Extrémadure (Espagne) – LIFE Transfert», Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (FR);
(LIFE04 NAT/ES/000034) «Adaptation of the electric power lines in the SPA of Aragón – ZEPA eléct. Aragón», Dirección General de Desarrollo Sostenible y Biodiversidad. Gobierno de Aragón (ES);
(LIFE00 NAT/E/007297) «Conservation of Falco naumanni nesting habitat in Aragon – Falco Aragón», Dirección General de Desarrollo Sostenible y Biodiversidad. Gobierno de Aragón (ES);
(LIFE02 NAT/P/008481) «Re-establishment of the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) in Portugal – Peneireiro», Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (PT);
(LIFE99 NAT/E/006341) «Conservation Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) in the S.P.A. Villafáfila – Falco naumanni/Villafafila», Junta de Castilla y León – Consejería de Medio Ambiente (ES);
(LIFE05 NAT/IT/000009) «Safeguard of the threatened raptors of the Matera Province – Rapaci Lucani», Province of Matera (IT);
(LIFE06 NAT/IT/000026) «Salvaguardia dei rapaci della ZPS “Promontorio del Gargano” – Rapaci del Gargano», Province of Foggia (IT);
(LIFE99 TCY/IL/009) «Conservation of Endangered Birds of Prey in Israel», Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (IS).

These organisations together with other international stakeholders active in the field of the protection of nature and biodiversity will be inserted in a dedicated mailing list and targeted with communications related to the main project attainments beyond the state-of-the-art.

Finally the Gru.Gri. will deal with the species’ sensitive matters related to the migration monitoring and to its global and local status of conservation. This work will be performed for benefiting not just the National strategy for the protection of the Falco Naumanni, but also the global strategy. At this last purpose, the Gru.Gri. will activate the above mentioned relationships in order to start-up consultations for setting-up management and conservation practices to be globally and practically adopted.

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