The Actions proposed for implementation in the 3 project sites aim at improving the conservation status of Annex I bird species that occur at the sites and deal with the main threats present in these areas.
The main actions are:
- Creation of traditional agricultural fields (Action C.1) that were in the past common in Cyprus’ forests, but disappeared due to intensification of agriculture, rigid forest policy and water scarcity. These fields can be sanctuaries for birds offering water, food, refuge and nesting places.
- Improvement of the abovementioned conditions all over the sites’ surface through implementing analogous measures at suitable locations (C.2).
- Implementation of measures (C.3) aiming at removing alien species, restoring specific habitat types over an area of 6 ha, and creating openings necessary for certain targeted species.
- Establishment of a Consultation Committee to manage the campaign against bird crime within and near the project sites (C.4).
- Implementation of an intensive and planned patrol program as well as of other activities aiming to reduce bird crime (C.4).
- Another important Action serving directly the objectives is Action E.1 aiming to enhance awareness of the public and stakeholders through 14 sub-activities with special focus to illegal bird trapping.
- Action F.1 aims at ensuring effective implementation of the project supported by a Scientific Committee provided in Action F.2.
- Three Preparatory Actions aim (i) to determine exact locations and technical specifications of concrete actions (A.1), (ii) to prepare a Management Plan for Koshi Site (A.2) and (iii) to provide up to date assessments of the population size of the targeted bird species.
- Other Actions aim at Monitoring the Project’s Impacts (D.1 & D.2) and implementing obligatory activities – Website (E.2), Layman’s Report (E.2), networking (F.3) and preparing an after-LIFE Plan (F.4).
In addition to the Actions outlined above, a strong point of the project schema, is the consortium of the 4 beneficiaries which have the competency, knowledge and a long history of co-operation and experience in the implementation of nature conservation projects. Last but not least, the land ownership of the project sites which are state forests facilitates implementation of management measures and after LIFE continuation of the project actions. Furthermore, the ownership by the coordinating beneficiary reduces significantly the number of actions needing permissions or consultations.