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Project actions

The project is grouped into four categories:

A. Preparatory actions

BManagement actions

C. Public awareness and dissemination of results

D. Overall project operation and monitoring

 

A. Preparatory actions

A.1. Technical study for the rehabilitation of Hungarian oak and Holm oak woods habitat types

The technical study had lay down the technical specifications of the rehabilitation of coppice stands to high forest. In particular the technical study aims:

  • to describe the current status of Hungarian oak and Holm oak woods,

  • to describe the method of selective-inversion thinnings,

  • to propose the schedule of the thinnings,

Date of completion: March 2004. Implementation by: EKBY.

A.2. Training of forest workers and the Monks responsible for forest management

Training of forest workers and the Monks responsible for forest management was a preparatory action for the implementation of the thinnings (Action B.1). The training process had be attended by the forest workers and the Monks responsible for forest management. It took place in Mount Athos. Training focused on both the scope and the techniques of the thinning process and the potential problems that may be encountered when applying the selective thinning method.

Date of completion: June 2005. Implementation by: EKBY.

 

B. Management actions

B.1. Selective - inversion thinning

Selective thinning is the core action of the project. It was implemented in an area of 500 ha, following actions A1 and A2.

Date of completion: December 2006. Implementation by: The Holy Community of Mount Athos.

B.2. Establishment of monitoring system

Monitoring is necessary in order to give a feedback on the application of the selective thinning method and to evaluate the rehabilitation progress. Monitoring will be performed using 45 surfaces distributed throughout the project area (Map).

Date of completion: August 2006. Implementation by: EKBY.

 

C. Public awareness and dissemination of results

C.1. Information material

This action brought close to the public the ecological and economic advantages of the rehabilitation of the coppice Quercus forests to high forest. In particular this action includes:

Creation of a leaflet. The leaflet presents information about the natural environment of Mount Athos the Hungarian oak forests and those with Holm oak along with the project objective and main actions. The leaflet is in English and Greek language and will be distributed to visitors of Mount Athos and to several organisations and services involved in the management of forest ecosystems and nature conservation.

Drafting of a layman's report. The layman's report will contain information about the project and its actions and will be distributed mainly to people working in the forest and nature conservation sectors (public, private and NGO's). The report has been produced in printed and electronic form in English and Greek.

Date of completion: March 2005. Implementation by: EKBY

C.2. Web page

The web page presents the status of the forests with Hungarian oak and those with Holm oak along with the actions of the Life project. The web page will be regularly updated with information regarding the progress of the project. Additionally, several of the deliverables of the project will be available through the web page.

Date of completion: December 2006. Implementation by: EKBY.

 

C.3. Video movie on the rehabilitation of coppice Hungarian oak and Holm oak woods habitat types

The movie aims at the dissemination to the public of the selective - inversion thinning method and the results of its implementation. The movie presents the current status of the target habitat types along with views from the same habitat types in their native high forest form and all major activities of the project. It also gives general information about the natural environment of Mount Athos.

Action ends: December 2006. Implementation by: The Holy Community of Mount Athos and EKBY.

C.4. Guidelines for the rehabilitation of coppice Hungarian oak and Holm oak woods habitat types

This book provides guidelines for the rehabilitation of Hungarian oak woods and Holm oak woods. It aims at the promotion of selective-inversion thinning in Greece as long as in the Mediterranean in general, as the most sustainable method for the rehabilitation of coppice forests. Particular issues that the guide addressed are:

  • Description of the selective thinning process.

  • Potential problems recognised in the implementation of selective thinnings.

  • Training needs of forest workers and those involved in the management of these forests.

  • Establishment of the monitoring process.

The guidelines is in accordance with the needs and provisions of the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and the forest policy of European Union. The guide has been printed in two languages (English and Greek), in 1000 copies per language. The publication will be distributed to forest authorities and other organisations involved in the management of forest ecosystems in Greece and other Mediterranean countries.

Date of completion: March 2006. Implementation by: EKBY

C.5. Meeting for the presentation of the project

This activity involves the organization of a conference for the presentation of the project activities and the dissemination of the project results.  Apart from the personnel of the Forest Service, private and municipal owners of coppice forests who have economic interests, governmental and non-governmental organisations having an interest in rehabilitation of natural ecosystems will be invited in the meeting. The conference has been successfully organized on the 28th of September 2006 and was held at the hotel EAGLES PALACE in Ouranoupoli, Chalkidiki.

Date of completion: Autumn of 2006. Implementation by: The Holy Community of Mount Athos.

 

D. Project operation and monitoring

This action includes all the administrative work of the project including all financial issues and reporting.

Date of completion: February 2007. Implementation by: The Holy Community of Mount Athos and EKBY