The project LIFE ESC360 gives the opportunuty to 360 volunteers, aged between 18 and 30, to actively contribute to nature conservation, by the monitoring of protected species in 22 Italian Natura 2000 sites.
Monitoring is essential to provide data on the conservation status of species protected under the European Directives and follow its trend. Data collected from volunteers will be an essential contribution for the management of Natura 2000 sites and, at the same time, provide information for the reporting under the article 17 of Habitats Directive.
The main objectives of the Project LIFE ESC360 are:
- To improve monitoring data for species of Community interest, plant species and habitat in Bosco della Fontana Nature Reserve, Casentinesi Nature Reserves and Abruzzo and Molise Nature Reserves.
- To get an integrate monitoring system for biodiversity, through application of standard methods in the study areas for forest and mountain habitats.
The monitoring will last 2 months.
The ESC360 Project join the European Solidarity Corps Charter, with the selection and recruitment of volunteers in compliance with the principles of equal treatment, equal opportunities and non-discrimination.
The volunteers will be trained for the monitoring activities during a 1-week preparatory course, that will be held at the in the study area of Foreste Casentinesi.
The monitoring activities will focus on insects, amphibians, birds and mammals. In addiction, floristic, vegetational and forest surveys togheter with bioacustic measurement will be performed.