NAT2CARE

TO6

Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency.

The project in numbers
Duration:
33 months
Start date: 01.10.17
End date: 31.03.20
N. Partner: 6
 
Progress
Budget:
1.282.395,50€
Budget FERS:
1.090.036,18€

The project in numbers

Duration: 
33 months
Start / End: 
01.10.17 to 31.03.20
Project progress: 
66%
Budget: 
1282395.50€
Budget FERS: 
1090036.18€

NAT2CARE

Engagement of Citizens for the Restoration and Conservation of cross-border N2K areas
Priority Axis 3

Protecting and promoting natural and cultural resources

Specific Objective: 
OS 3.2.
Investment Priority: 
PI 6d
Typology: 
Standard
Overall Objective of the Project: 

The project’s overall objective is to improve the status and the presence of the biodiversity within the project partners’ Natura 2000 areas (the Julian Prealps Nature Park, the Triglavski Narodni Park, and the Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites) by implementing Natura 2000 habitat and species measures, by improving their integrated and cross-border management, by raising awareness and providing training on the environment, and by increasing the promotion of ecosystem services.

Project summary: 

The project aims to avoid the risk of the fragmentation, reduction and loss of biodiversity within the confines of the three project partner parks: the Julian Prealps Nature Park, the Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites, and the Triglavski Narodni Park. The project’s overall objective is to improve the status and the presence of the biodiversity within the project partners’ Natura 2000 areas by implementing N2K habitat and species measures, by improving their integrated and cross-border management, by raising awareness and providing training on the environment, and by increasing the promotion of ecosystem services. The change will consist of an improvement in the conservation level of the N2K habitats and species. The main outputs are specifically related to these 3 activities, and consist of 1330 ha. of habitat with a better conservation status, 7 pilot measures in support of biodiversity, 2 tools/services developed for the promotion of ecosystem services, and events dedicated to raising awareness, providing environmental education, and actively engaging at least 2340 citizens. These activities will benefit organisations for the management of protected areas, landowners and land users, economic operators, citizens/end consumers and decision makers. An innovative approach is envisaged with regard to the methods for monitoring, identifying, and promoting the ecosystem services, and for carrying out the awareness-raising, environmental education, and active citizen engagement activities. A cross-border approach is also rendered necessary due to the fact that all the wildlife species monitored can easily move across the border, as the habitats of the zones have very similar characteristics. The project is innovative in terms of the cross-border monitoring methods, which will guarantee a uniform approach and consistent management interventions within both States, using common protocols.

Main results: 

The activities of the NAT2CARE project will improve the management of the ecosystems and will restore the biodiversity in the project partners’ areas of competence (the Julian Prealps Nature Park, the Triglavski Narodni Park, and the Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites), which in turn will improve the conservation status of the N2K species and habitats, even through cross-border pilot measures aimed at supporting biodiversity. The proposed habitat management measures will increase our knowledge and will improve the ecological conditions for the plant and animal species concerned. The monitoring of the plant and animal species using cross-border protocols helps to achieve the project’s objectives through the use of harmonised approaches consistent with the Habitats and Birds Directive, and coordination within the functional cross-border areas. With regard to the evaluation, promotion and improvement of the ecosystem services, the measures are aimed at identifying cross-border ecosystem services (those of the N2K network in particular), and increasing their value by developing tools for their measurement (WebGIS platform, PES methodology). The project’s activities therefore help to improve the ecosystems’ management and promote the restoration of biodiversity through ecosystem services, while at the same time improving the overall conservation status of the Natura 2000 habitats and species within the areas concerned, and are therefore linked to the program’s specific result indicators.

Partner

Lead Partner

Ente parco naturale delle Prealpi Giulie

Udine
ITA

Project partner 1

Javni zavod Triglavski Narodni Park

Goriška
SLO

Project partner 2

Ente Parco naturale regionale delle Dolomiti Friulane

Pordenone
ITA

Project partner 3

Università degli Studi di Udine - Dipartimento di Scienze AgroAlimentari, Ambientali e Animali

Udine
ITA

Project partner 4

NIB - Nacinalni inštitut za biologijo

Osrednjeslovenska
SLO

Project partner 5

Biotehniški center Naklo

Goriška
SLO

Documents

Poster evento annuale 30.05.2018Poster evento annuale 30.05.2018
NAT2CARE_ITA.pdf
( 566 bytes, published on 11 June, 2018 - 17:50 )
Poster presented at the mammologist italian associationPoster presented at the mammologist italian association
ATIT_eng_ita_slo.pdf
( 2 bytes, published on 31 October, 2019 - 11:04 )
Poster presented at the Slovenian entomological societyPoster presented at the Slovenian entomological society
SES_ita_eng_slo.pdf
( 5 bytes, published on 28 January, 2020 - 11:17 )
Interactive atlas of species and Interactive atlas of ecosystemsInteractive atlas of species and Interactive atlas of ecosystems
copertine eng_final.pdf
( 2 bytes, published on 3 June, 2020 - 22:49 )

Objectives and Activities

OVERALL OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT: 

 

The project’s overall objective is to improve the status of the biodiversity within the project partners’ Natura 2000 areas through better common management based on knowledge and cross-border cooperation. One of the main aims of the project is to raise awareness of inhabitants, economic operators, overall citizenship and younger generations about the extraordinary existing natural heritage, the ecosystem services provided, and the opportunities offered.

 

CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (30 May 2018)

 

The project started officially December 7th, 2017 through kick-off meeting. Afterwards, communication activities started even through social media. Meanwhile, project partners exchanged useful information to implement common monitoring and management protocols on cross-boundary value species and habitats. Within concrete project activities, two bears were captured and equipped with a GPS collar.

 

CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (30 July 2018)

The organisation continued, through scheduling and detailed definition of the activities. Social platforms have been implemented for public involvement, with the definition of an editorial calendar. In order to increase the visibility of monitoring-related aspects, the project section on the iNaturalist platform has been activated. The organisation of the monitoring protocols for the fauna species and the related data collection databases has begun. Solutions for the creation of an interactive webGis have been analysed so as to identify the most efficient one. Special care has been taken over the image of the project, by creating templates corresponding to the visual identity for the various activities.

 

CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (31 January 2019)

The distinctive activities of the project have been launched: joint cross-border monitoring, data collection of wildlife species in Natura 2000 areas - the monitored species are the Ural Owl, Chamois, Ibex, Alpine Galliformes, the Rock Ptarmigan, the Corncrake and the Rosalia Longicorn. Information, education and awareness-raising initiatives have been carried out, through social networks, eco-tourism and educational activities and stakeholder involvement along with the organisation of the descriptive publications (e-book) of the species. The methodology for the exchange of best practices in the field relating to periglacial flora has been presented. The elaboration of the methodology for the detection of ecosystem services has started.

 

CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (29 July 2019)

Joint cross-border monitoring of flora and fauna in Natura 2000 areas continued, with the organisation of monitoring and data exchange activities as well as the start/continuation of field work relating to them. Some activities related to the active management of habitats have also been carried out. Data for the assessment of ecosystem services has been collected and the stakeholders of the various services have been identified. Numerous information, education and awareness-raising initiatives have been organised for school groups, including with cross-border exchanges, and stakeholders. The support and the interaction with the users of the Citizen Science platform have been ensured.

 

CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (29 February 2020)

The summer period has been very intense and very profitable for all outdoor activities and the partnership concluded most of the project activities to be carried out on site: joint cross-border monitoring, data collection of different species of wildlife in Natura 2000 areas and related information, education and awareness initiatives. The popular e-book relating to the fauna species has been created along with a calendar with the images of the monitored species. The exchange of data for the creation of the webGis has been implemented. In addition, active management of areas for Galliformes has been carried out. The mapping of ecosystems based on the related ecosystem services and the evaluation of the benefits perceived by ecosystem services and the impacts on ecosystems have started, analysing the conflict recorded in the use of services and the degree of stakeholder involvement.

 

Contacts

Ente parco naturale delle Prealpi Giulie

0039 043353534
Piazza del Tiglio 3, 33010 Resia, Italia
Stefano Santi

Javni zavod Triglavski Narodni Park

00386 (0) 45780200
Ljubljanska Cesta 27, 4260 Bled, Slovenija
Alenka Mencinger

Ente Parco naturale regionale delle Dolomiti Friulane

0039 042787333
Via Roma 4, 33080 Cimolais, Italia
Danelin Graziano

Università degli Studi di Udine - Dipartimento di Scienze AgroAlimentari, Ambientali e Animali

0039 0432558600
Via Palladio 8, 33100 Udine, Italia
Filacorda Stefano

NIB - Nacinalni inštitut za biologijo

00386 (0) 59232701
Večna pot 111, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Tome Davorin

Biotehniški center Naklo

00386 (0) 42772100
Strahinj 99, 4202 Naklo, Slovenija
Ambrožič Ana