Logo-Tmima Filodasikos Frederic Thira-65 europelike Natura 2000

Alcedo atthis,
Common kingfisher

Coracias garrulus,
European roller

Sylvia melanothorax,
Cyprus warbler

Lanius nubicus,
Masked shrike

Oenanthe cypiaca,
Cyprus wheatear

Merops apiaster,
European bee-eater

Project progress

ACTION PROGRESS
A. Preparatory actions
A.1 Mapping of the exact locations for the implementation of concrete conservation actions and technical specifications.  
A.2 Preparation of a management plan for Koshi – Pallourokampos Natura 2000 site  
A.3 Assessment of the population size of targeted bird species in the project sites  
C. Concrete conservation actions
C.1 Creation of traditional agricultural fields  
C.2 Improvement of water, food and nesting conditions.  
C.3 Removal of alien plant species and restoration of indigenous vegetation  
C.4 Combating bird crime in the project areas  
D. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions
D.1 Monitoring of the impact of concrete conservation actions  
D.2 Monitoring of the impact on socio-economic aspects and ecosystem functions  
E. Public awareness and dissemination of results
E.1 Information and awareness campaign  
E.2 Website development and operation  
E.3 Layman’s report  
F. Overall project operation and monitoring of the project progress
F.1 Project coordination, management and monitoring.  
F.2 Scientific Committee  
F.3 Networking with other LIFE and/or non-LIFE projects  
F.4 After-LIFE Conservation Plan  

 

In Progress:   Forthcoming:   Completed:  

 

July 2017:

  • The Management Plan for Koshi SPA was delivered to the Scientific Committee of the Department of Environment for assessment and approval - A2
  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields - TAFs (weeding, watering, fertilizing, bracing) - C1
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Kavo Gkreko & Koshi - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas to prevent and suppress bird crime and poaching-related activities, including illegal training of hunting dogs. No cases were reported - C4
  • The EC and Monitoring Team visit took place on 06-07/07 - F1

June 2017:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields - TAFs (weeding, watering, fertilizing, bracing) - C1
  • A dry stone wall of 33 m was created at Avdellero next to the weir of the project. 20 fruit trees were planted aside - C2
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Kavo Gkreko & Koshi - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas to prevent and suppress bird crime and poaching-related activities, including illegal training of hunting dogs. No cases were reported - C4
  • Through the Action Plan of C4, two billboard signs were designed and posted at the highway for public display during the summer months - E1
  • Through the Action Plan of C4 a small notebook was produced with anti bird crime message to be disseminated through public events - E1
  • Through the Action Plan of C4, a letter with information regarding bird-crime and its implications on the avifauna of the island was printed and distributed to the residents of the municipalities of Purga (200 recipients), Mosfiloti (350 recipients) via the respective local post offices - E1
  • On 01/06 a lecture regarding the project and the negative implications of bird crime was given at 54 students of the Dromolaxia elementary school (5th grade). The visit was carried out according to the provisions of the Action Plan (C4) of the project (more school lectures will be given to elementary students of the study areas) - E1
  • On 09/06 a lecture regarding the project and bird species recognition was given at 64 students of Oroklini elementary school (5th  & 6th grade). The visit was carried out according to the provisions of the Action Plan (C4) of the project (more school lectures will be given to elementary students of the study areas) - E1
  • On 09/06 both the 5th and 6th grades (64 children) of Oroklini elementary school were divided in groups and the children participated in a bird watching competition at Oroklini Lake, using the kiosk created by LIFE-OROKLINI project. The winning team was given books on birds and nature - E1
  • On 09/06, the 2nd firefighting training event of the project was carried out at the Forest Station of Kornos (Stavrovouni area). In total, 38 participants attended - E1
  • The first audit report of the project regarding the time period from the begining and up to 04/2017 was delivered successfully - F1

May 2017:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields - TAFs (weeding, watering, fertilizing, bracing) - C1
  • 20 Sunflowers were planted at each TAF, 100 in total - C1
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Kavo Gkreko & Koshi - C3
  • Removal of Acacia saligna individuals was completed at Koshi. The area that will be cleared out from the invasive species will be used for the restoration of 5220* and 9320 habitat types, this autumn - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas to prevent and suppress bird crime and poaching-related activities, including illegal training of hunting dogs. On the 10th of May, a person was taken at the Police Station and prosecuted for transporting a shotgun and ammunition during closed hunting season at Koshi SPA - C4
  • On the 3rd of May the 6th & final school visit of the project took place at Oroklini elementary school (57 students of the 5th grade), where a presentation was given regarding the avifauna of the 3 sites and bird-crime - E1
  • On the same day the 5th grade of Oroklini elementary school was divided in 4 groups and the children participated in a bird watching competition at Oroklini Lake, using the kiosk created by LIFE-OROKLINI project. The winning team was given books on birds and nature - E1
  • On the 29th of May, the second stakeholder workshop was organized at Kavo Greco Education & Environmental Centre. In addition, the Natura 2000 Day was fused together so that the event included in total: 3 presentations (on SPA part of NATURA 2000 network, on bird trapping, and on the LIFE-FORBIRDS project), a field trip to the TAF, and a tour guide to the brand new Environmental & Education Centre of Kavo Gkreko. In total 44 participants attended including government officials, NGOs and local Municipality officials - E1
  • A networking meeting to the project LIFE 11 NAT/GR/001011 («Conservation and management of the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) in three SPAs of Greece») took place in mid-May (16-19/5/2017). The members of the project exchanged ideas on how to proceed with the After-LIFE activities, especially regarding monitoring the nest boxes and the contracts with the land owners of Koshι - F3

April 2017:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields (weeding, watering, fertilizing, bracing) - C1
  • Removal of Acacia saligna individuals is conducted at Koshi since the beginning of the month at two selected locations, and will continue during the first week of May. The area that will be cleared out from the invasive species will be used for the restoration of 5220* and 9320 habitat types on this autumn - C3
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Kavo Gkreko (restoration of habitat types 5210 & 9320)  - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas to prevent and suppress bird crime and poaching-related activities, including illegal training of hunting dogs. On the 9th of April a person was given an on the spot fine for illegal training in the Kavo Gkreko SPA - C4
  • Through the Action Plan of C4, a letter with information regarding bird-crime and its implications on the avifauna of the island was printed and distributed to the residents of the municipalities of Delikipos (30 recipients), Sia (250 recipients) and Kornos (230 recipients) via the respective local post offices - E1
  • On April 6, the 4th grade (55 children) of an elementary school from Ag. Napa visited the project infrastructures at Kavo Gkreko. The children were divided at two groups and both visited the TAF and the restoration of the 5210 habitat type - E1
  • On April 4, the Scientific Committee of the project had its 4th and final meeting. A field trip followed at Koshi and Kavo Gkreko for the inspection of the project’s infrastructures. The respective minutes of the meeting were delivered successfully - F2
  • On April 5, the experts on the control of invasive species and on habitat types visited Kavo Gkreko & Koshi with DF representatives - F2

March 2017:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields (weeding, watering, fertilizing, bracing) - C1
  • An expansion of 2015’s 5210 reforestation took place at Kavo Gkreko by planting 310 Juniperus phoenicea, 30 Olea europaea, 30 Pistacia lentiscus, and 30 Ceratonia siliqua - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas. No cases were reported during March- C4
  • Project signs regarding bird crime that were vandalised at Stavrovouni, were replace accordingly - C4
  • The Action Plan on bird crime was delivered - C4
  • Explanatory signs regarding project infrastructure were replaced at Koshi and Stavrovouni where they found vandalised - E1
  • The broadcasting of the TV spots of the project is on-going - E1
  • Two posters from one info-kiosk at Kavo Gkreko were replace after reported as stolen - E1
  • The expert on avifauna spent one day at the fied visiting Stavrovouni - F2

February 2017:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields (weeding, watering, fertilizing, bracing) - C1
  • Irrigation system was installed at the TAFs of Koshi - C1
  • More eucalyptus trees were removed from a selected location at Koshi forest, raising the total number of eucalyptus trees to 118. The branches and foliage were pilled to serve as a refuge for birds, whereas the trunks were cut in several pieces and inhabitants of the nearby villages will pick them up later on - C3
  • An expansion of 2015’s 9320 reforestation took place at Koshi by opening 175 planting pits at an area of 0,2 ha and planting 100 Olea europaea, 55 Ceratonia siliqua, 20 Pistacia lentiscus - C3
  • A new 5330 reforestation covering 0,5 ha of 375 planting pits and planting 115 Asparagus stipularis, 122 Phagnalon rupestre, 18 Noaea mucronata took place at Koshi - C3.
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of 9320 & 5330 at Koshi - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas. 2 cases were reported during February - C4
  • The minutes of the 5th Consultation Committee meeting were delivered - C4
  • The broadcasting of the TV spots of the project is on-going - E1
  • School lecture at Aradippou Highschool on 6/02 - E1
  • School visit at the TAF of Kavo Gkreko on 24/02 - E1
  • The external monitoring team visited the project on 28/02 - F1
  • Networking with LIFE-THEMIS & LIFE VALUE CRETE took place on the 16/02 - F3

January 2017:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields (weeding, watering, fertilizing, bracing) - C1
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of 5330 at Koshi - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas. 6 cases were reported during January - C4
  • The documentary of the project was delivered - E1
  • Participation of the project with a poster presentation at the 1st meeting of the Cyprus Forest Association - E1
  • The broadcasting of the TV spots of the project is on-going - E1
  • Networking with ERASMUS+ "Valgreen: Reforestation  in the south of Europe as a profession for the future - F3

December 2016:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields (weeding, watering) - C1
  • Irrigation system was installed at the traditional agricultural field of Stavrovouni - C1
  • The cereal-legume fields of Kavo Greko were sown, whereas the respective ones of Stavrovouni were cultivated and sown, thus completing the intervention for 2016 - C2
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Koshi and Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • Planting of 380 plantlets (280 Crataegus azarolus, 100 Asparagus stipularis) at an area of 0,4 ha took place at a selected site of Koshi, for the restoration of 5330 habitat type - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas. No cases of poaching were reported during December - C4
  • The 5th Consultation Committee of the project took place on 15/12/2016 - C4
  • The broadcasting of the TV spots of the project is on-going - E1

November 2016:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields (weeding, watering) - C1
  • One water tank (45t) was constructed at Kavo Gkreko, thus completing the respective intervention at all sites - C1
  • The  weir at Avdellero is completed, thus fulfilling the respective milestone of the project - C2
  • The cereal-legume fields located on state forest land at Koshi were cultivated and sown with a traktor whereas the respective ones at Kavo Gkreko were only cultivated - C2
  • Two rain water collectong aprons were installed at Koshi, thus fulfilling the respective milestone of the project - C2
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Koshi and Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • A mini digger was hired for opening planting pits for the restoration of 5330 habitat type at Koshi through reforestation - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas. 4 cases of poaching were reported during November - C4
  • The broadcasting of the TV spots of the project is on-going - E1
  • The documentary of the project was delivered - E1

 

October 2016:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields (weeding, watering) - C1
  • One water tank (45t) was constructed at Panagia Stazousa site - C1
  • The construction works regarding the weir at Avdellero are on schedule - C2
  • The privetely owened cereal-legume fields at Koshi were cultivated with a traktor - C2
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Koshi and Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • 20 Eucalyptus spp. were removed from a selected location at Koshi for the restoration of 5420 habitat type - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas. 2 cases of poaching were reported during October - C4
  • Two presentations at A' Sotira elementary school, Ammochostos district were given on the 14th of October - E1
  • A visit of the abomentioned school at the Kavo Gkreko site took place on the 20th of October. Presentations and bird watching competition took place as well as a visit to the traditional agricultural field - E1
  • The broadcasting of the TV spots of the project was initiated at the opening of the hunting season - E1

September 2016:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields (weeding, watering) - C1
  • Two water tanks (1 90t & 1 45t) were constructed at Koshi-Pllourokampos site - C1
  • Irrigation systems were install at the two traditional agricultural felds of Kavo Gkreko - C1
  • 2 watering points were installed at Koshi site - C1
  • The construction works regarding the weir at Avdellero were initiated - C2
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Koshi and Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • 28 Eucalyptus spp. were removed from a selected location at Koshi for the restoration of 5420 habitat type - C3
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas. 3 cases of poaching were reported during September - C4
  • Three leaflets were printed: one regarding the project (500 copies in Greek and English), one regarding the birds of Mesaoria plain (500 copies in Greek and English) and an additional one regarding bird-crime (1000 copies in Greek) - E1
  • The 1st newsletter of the project was printed (1000 copies in Greek) - E1
  • The project participated with dissemination material (leaflets, newsletter and posters) in the 32nd International Ag. Napa Festival on 23-25/09/2016 - E1
  • Signs containing information regarding the interventions of the C actions were installed at Koshi, thus completing the intervention - E1
  • The tender regarding the independent accountant was awarded  - F1

August 2016:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields (weeding, watering) - C1
  • Ground leveling took place at the places were the water tanks will be installed - C1
  • 1 watering point was installed at Stavrovouni area - C1
  • The tender regarding the weir construction at Avdellero was awarded - C2
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Koshi and Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • Restriction barriers were installed at Koshi area - C4
  • The leaflet regarding project progress was sent to the print office - E1
  • The 1st newsletter of the project was sent to the print office - E1
  • An article regarding illegal bird trapping was sent to Agrotis magazine for publishing - E1
  • The tender regarding the independent accountant was published - F1

July 2016:

  • Tending took place to all the traditional agricultural fields (weeding, watering) - C1
  • The tender regarding the watertanks construction  was awarded  - C1
  • 2 watering points were installed at Kavo Gkreko - C1
  • The tender regarding the weir construction at Avdellero was published- C2
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Koshi and Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • Restriction barriers were installed at Kavo Greko and Ag. Napa - C4
  • The minutes of the 4th Consultation Committee meeting were prepared and deliverdInformation signs - C4
  • Information signs regarding the project infrastructures were installed at Kavo Gkreko and Stavrovouni - E1
  • An interview regarding the project activities at Kavo Gkreko was given by the project manager to a local newspaper of Ag. Napa - Ε1

June 2016:

  • Approval of the full EIA for the weir construction by the Evaluator Committee of the Department of Environment - A1
  • Tending took place to all the agricultural fields (weeding, watering) - C1
  • Ready food points were installed at the agricultural field of Koshi and Kavo Gkreko - C1
  • The tender for the water tanks was published - C2
  • A reforestation took place at Kavo Gkreko. A plantation of 258 key plant species of 9320 habitat type was established - C3
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of Koshi and Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • Restriction barriers were installed at two forest roads (Stavrovouni area) - C4
  • The 4th Consultation Committee took place on 30 June 2016 - C4
  • The 1st firefighting training event took place on 3 June 2016 - E1

May 2016:

  • Evaluation of the full EIA for the weir construction by the Evaluator Committee of the Department of Environment - A1
  • Tending took place to all the agricultural fields (weeding, watering) - C1
  • Ready food points were installed at the agricultural field of Stavrovouni - C1
  • Sunflowers and mulberry trees were planted at the agricultural fields of the project - C1
  • Removal of the dead Acacia trees took place so as to create openings for restoration of 9320 & 5210 habitat types - C3
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of 9320 at Koshi and 5210 at Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • The warning/information signs were installed at Kavo Gkreko, thus completing the intervention - C4
  • The second day of the stakeholder workshop was murged with the celebration of the Natura 2000 day. On the 20th of May 33 participants visited the project's interventions at Kavo Gkreko - E1
  • 60 school children from Paralimni elementary school visited the project's agricultural fields of Kavo Gkreko and 3 bird watching competitions took place with awards given to the winners - E1
  • Networking of LIFE-FORBIRDS was established with the LIFE project FOROPENFORESTS on 15-18 May - F3

April 2016:

  • Tending took place to all the agricultural fields (weeding, watering) - C1
  • Ready food points were installed at the agricultural fields of Koshi - C1
  • Ready food points were installed at the agricultural field of Stavrovouni - C1
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of 9320 at Koshi and 5210 at Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • Returning control of Acacia saligna and expansion of last year's operation took place at Kavo Greko during 12-22 of April, where 2100 individuals were treated - C3
  • The stakeholder workshop on the 19th of April was completed successfully. 42 participants attended 4 different presentations by the PMT at the Environmental Education Centre of Athalassa - E1
  • The Scientific Committee of the project held its 3rd meeting at the premises of the Department of Forests (Athalassa area) on the 14th of April - F2

 

March 2016:

  • Submision of the full EIA (for the weir construction at Avdelero) at the Department of Environment - A1
  • The technical report on species population levels, conservation status, threats, Favourable Reference Values (FRVs) for breeding target species and Target Values (TVs) for passage migrants for all 3 sites was delivered - A3
  • Tending took place to all the fruit trees of the agricultural fields (weeding, watering, bracing, and wrapping around mesh wire for protection against rabbits) - C1
  • Installation of the remaining nests was carried out reaching a total of 200 at all project sites - C2
  • Watering took place at the reforestations of 9320 at Koshi and 5210 at Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • The warning/information signs were installed at Koshi and Stavrovouni during the 28th of March - C4

 

February 2016:

  • The project acquired the permit for the weir construction by the Water Development Department - A1
  • The maps depicting the interventions of actions C1, C2 were revised - A1
  • The technical report on species population levels, conservation status, threats, Favourable Reference Values (FRVs) for breeding target species and Target Values (TVs) for passage migrants for all 3 sites, has been completed - A3
  • A tender for the construction of 100 wooden nests was published and awarded - C2
  • GFS has been conducting regular patrols at all 3 areas - C4
  • The project was hosted on two radio station boradcasts on the 18th and 24th of the month respectively - E1
  • Three elementary school visits took place, two in Ammochostos district and one in Larnaca district. A lecture took place and a total of 350 students attended - E1

 

January 2016:

  • Seven vine trees were planted at the traditional agricultural field of Stavrovouni - C1
  • Locations in Koshi site were selected for restoration of 5420 habitat type - C3
  • The roads that will be closed with the restriction bars in Koshi site, were designated. A total of 8,5 km will be closed for public - C4
  • Information material for the info-kiosks has been posted - E1
  • The 2 TV spots have been approved by the Ministry of Interior to be given to the media - E1

 

December 2015:

  • Another 206 running meters of dry stone walls (9 in total) were constructed at the project areas raising the total running meters to (366,3 / 14 dry stone walls) - C2
  • Sowing of the cereal/legume fields was completed in Kavo Gkreko - C2
  • Restoration of 0,4 ha of 9320 habitat type in Koshi area. 342 plantlets were used - C3
  • On the 18th of December 2015, the 3rd meeting of the Steering Committee on bird Crime took place at the Game and Fauna Service head office at the Ministry of Interior - C4
  • GFS officer and PMT member Mr. Nicos Kassinis promoted the project at a radio station interview hosted on the 10th of December at ASTRA 92.8 FMradio station - E1
  • The PMT established networking with another completed LIFE project (LIFE 11 INF/CY/000863 – BIOforLIFE) on December 1st

 

November 2015:

  • NEEMO monitoring visit for inspection of the project progress - F1
  • Creation of cereal/legume patches within the traditional agricultural fields - C1
  • Dry stone wall construction in the project areas (outside the traditional agricultural fields - C2
  • Restoration of 9320 habitat type in Koshi through plantations of Olea europaea trees and key stone species - C3
  • Regural patroling of the project sites - C4
  • Production of 25 warning/information signs - C4
  • Delivery of the Report on Communication Strategy - C4
  • 2nd Scientific Committee meeting - F2

October 2015:

  • Finalizing the technical study for the weir construction at Koshi site after consultation with the Water Development Agency - A1
  • 2 EIAs (Creation of agricultural fields, Creation of cerial/legume fields in forest openings) aproval from DE - A1
  • Steel fencing installation in all traditional agricultural fields - C1
  • Small pond installation in all traditional agricultural fields - C1
  • Fruit trees plantation within the traditional agricultural fields - C1
  • Watering points installation in all project sites - C2
  • Dry stone wall construction in all traditional agricultural fields - C2
  • Nest placement in all project sites - C2
  • Plowing the cerial/legume fields - C2
  • Removal of alien plant vegetation (Pinus halepensis and hybrid pines) in Kavo Gkreko - C3
  • Restoration of 5210 habitat type in Kavo Gkreko through plantations of Juniperus phoenicea trees and key stone species - C3
  • Regural patroling of the project sites - C4
  • Construction and installation of information kiosks - E1
  • Poster participation of the project in 13th Iczhegar International Congress on Zoogeography and Ecology of Greece and Adjacent Regions - E1
  • Preperation of two TV-spots - E1
  • Meeting of the Project Management Team on 13/10/2015 - F1
  • Networking with LIFE-OROKLINI project on 29/10/2015 - F3

 

·      Tending took place to all the fruit trees of the agricultural fields (weeding, watering, bracing, and wrapping around mesh wire for protection against rabbits).

 

·         The privately owned cereal-legume fields at Koshi SPA were cultivated with a tractor.

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