Preparatory actions


 

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Action A.1: Inventory and mapping of locations of the targeted habitat type

 

 

FEBRUARY 2012

  • DF’s team started the collection of bibliographical data, mapping of boundaries for one polygon (site) with 9560* habitat at Akamas and gathering field data.

MARCH 2012

  • DF’s team continued with the collection of bibliographical data and historical information for database development. Furthermore, team members:
  • Started gathering information on the population distribution and density during field surveys at Akamas site and
  • Drafted maps for all 15 areas of interest at Akamas and prepared the Excel table with respective data for Juniperus population sampling (area size, perimeter, centroid and polygon coordinates, aspect, ratio, altitude etc.) to assist in Action A.2.

APRIL 2012

  • the Project Coordinator assigned divisional offices in Paphos and Troodos to gather historical information on Juniperus spp. by researching their archives and consulting with experienced foresters (retired or still active) and local senior citizens familiar with the habitat, its’ populations, locations and other relevant information (forest fire occurrences, felling etc.) through time.

MAY 2012

  • Six visits took place at Troodos NFP by two DF survey teams for habitat boundaries mapping of Juniperus foetidissima stands and recording of representative plant species within the habitats. FU also participated with its survey team and collected field data on population distribution and density of Juniperus foetidissima and Juniperus oxycedrus.

JUNE 2012

  • Another six visits took place at Troodos NFP by two DF and FU survey teams. Almost 95% of habitat mapping has been completed.
  • DF prepared the questionnaire for historical information concerning Juniperus. It was forwarded to the relevant regional officers who were tasked to interview local elderly people.

JULY 2012

  • Four closing visits took place at Troodos NFP by two DF survey teams. 100% of habitat mapping has been completed for Akamas and Troodos sites and relevant GIS polygons have been prepared.
  • 50% of the feedback from questionnaires concerning historical information for Juniperus spp. has been collected from DF’s regional offices.
  • The database was established (Deliverable: Database development) and will be updated until all habitat areas are thoroughly mapped and plotted.

AUGUST 2012

  • Four visits took place at Madari by the DF and FU survey teams for habitat boundaries mapping of Juniperus excelsa stands and gathering of information on the population distribution and density within the site of Madari. 100% of habitat mapping has been completed for Madari now and relevant GIS polygons are being prepared.

SEPTEMBER 2012

  • All field data are being processed and edited in GIS. The geodatabase concerning habitat boundaries and relevant attributes (area covered, coding, habitats involved) is being prepared.

NOVEMBER 2012

  • Additional historical data has been incorporated to the database after the interview with Mr. Lotides, a 90 year-old inhabitant of the wider Akamas area, having extensive knowledge about the habitat’s distribution and past use of Juniper trees.

DECEMBER 2012

  • Field visits took place at Troodos (J. oxycedrus, J. foetidissima) and Madari (J. excelsa) to record the actual number of Juniperus stems in three height classes (> 4m, between 1 – 4m and < 1m). These field observations will form the basis for calculating and mapping the habitat’s population distribution in the study areas.

JANUARY 2013

  • Habitat maps for Juniperus excelsa (Madari) and Juniperus oxycedrus (Troodos National Forest Park) have been prepared along with associated population distribution maps. Habitat populations are distributed in 3 different height classes (<1 m, 1-4 m, >4 m). Similar maps are being prepared for the Juniperus phoenicea and Juniperus foetidissima habitats at Akamas peninsula and Troodos NFP respectively.
  • DF has planned another round of field visits at the Akamas peninsula to complete population density estimations.

FEBRUARY 2013

  • A new habitat polygon has been identified and mapped at Akamas area. The habitat map has been prepared for Juniperus foetidissima at Troodos.

MARCH 2013

  • Data consistency check in habitat sampling plots. Continuous field visits at Troodos for population density estimation.

 APRIL 2013

  • Four habitat maps have been prepared for Juniperus foetidissima, J. oxycedrus, J. excelsa and J. phoenicea (Deliverable: 4 maps with habitat boundaries). Also, three population distribution maps have been prepared for the above species except for J. foetidissima at Troodos, where field visits are continuing for population density estimation. More than 50% of this habitat’s extent has been covered so far. The J. foetidissima population distribution map is the last deliverable so as to complete this action.

MAY 2013

  • The field visits for estimating the Juniperus foetidissima population distribution at Troodos NFP have been finalized. The entire habitat extent has been sampled, covering approximately 40 polygons and an area of about 260 ha. The population distribution map of J. foetidissima at Troodos NFP is under preparation.

JULY 2013

  • The population distribution map for habitat type 9560* with Juniperus foetidissima at Troodos National Forest Park has been prepared. All population distribution maps are finished and the action is now concluded.

MAY 2015

  • The information derived from this action served as a basis for updating the Standard Data Forms of the respective sites during the second fortnight of May.

JUNE 2015

  • The updated SDFs of the habitat type 9560* for the three sites (CY4000010 Akamas peninsula, CY5000004 Troodos NFP and CY2000005 Madari-Papoutsa) were successfully uploaded to the EIONET Central Data Repository by the DE.

 

Action A2: Composition and structure of Juniperus populations

 

 

FEBRUARY 2012

  • Preparation of field forms, delineation of plots and gathering of baseline data on population size, sex ratio, reproductive effort etc. by FU.

MARCH 2012

  • Delineation of plots started at Akamas. FU team gathered information within plots concerning population size, sex ratio, reproductive effort, community composition and structure. 

APRIL - JUNE 2012

  • FU continued gathering and analysing field data within plots at the selected habitat sites.

JULY 2012

  • Data collection from reference plots was completed by FU team for Akamas and about 50% of Troodos area.

AUGUST  2012

  • FU team continued gathering information within plots at Troodos - Chionistra (Juniperus foetidisima) and Madari (Juniperus excelsa) concerning population size, sex ratio, reproductive effort, community composition and structure. Up until now field data have been analysed as follows:
  • 100% of Akamas plots (Juniperus phoenicea), 100% of Amiandos plots at Troodos site (Juniperus oxycedrus), 95% of Chionistra plots at Troodos site (Juniperus foetidissima), 2 plots at Madari site (Juniperus excelsa)

SEPTEMBER 2012

  • Processing of field data collected so far in order to determine and describe the composition, structure, and ecological processes of Juniper woodland communities at all sites.

OCTOBER 2012

  • All reference plots have been delineated and marked on the ground. Field data (basic environmental parameters, vegetation cover, threats etc.) were collected in order to determine and describe the composition and structure of Juniper woodland communities at all sites.

NOVEMBER 2012

  • Finalising field data collection at Madari – Papoutsa plots.
  • Processing of field data gathered at all sites in order to determine and describe the habitat composition, structure, and ecological processes to be included in the ‘Report on population structure for each site’.

DECEMBER 2012

  • On-going processing of field data gathered from Juniper woodland communities at all sites in order to determine and describe habitat composition, structure, and ecological processes for each site.

JANUARY 2013 – MAY 2013

  • Gathering field data for Juniper woodland communities at all sites and data processing towards determining and describing their composition, structure, and ecological processes.

JUNE 2013

  • The Action is now completed. 3 Reports have been prepared on Juniperus spp. population structure one for each site including information on population size, age-size structure, sex ratio, reproductive effort, seedling and sapling survival, plant communities’ composition and structure, presence/impacts of invasive species, natural regeneration recording etc. The Report also includes the external experts’ (entomologist) plan for the sustainable control of the predator to be implemented in Action C4.

 


 

Action A.3: Preparation of Habitat Monitoring Plans

 

 

FEBRUARY 2012 - MAY 2012

  • OUC initiated a review on monitoring plans prepared and used in Cyprus and other Mediterranean countries. This review continued with emphasis on monitoring plans used specifically for similar habitats in the Mediterranean and particularly those in previous or ongoing LIFE projects.

OCTOBER 2012 - NOVEMBER 2012

  • Preparation of the first complete drafts of the monitoring plans for the sites for internal consortium review.
  • General information on habitat description and current conditions will be common, where appropriate, with the information provided in the Management Plans.

JANUARY 2013

  • A first draft of the habitat monitoring plan for Troodos NFP was discussed among partners during the 1st consortium meeting for 2013.

FEBRUARY 2013

  • The spatial and temporal sampling design for the habitat monitoring plans was discussed thoroughly among FU, DF and OUC partners on a meeting on February 13th and the plans for the three project areas are being prepared accordingly.

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2013

  • The Habitat Monitoring Plans are under evaluation by the partners for their final approval. The Habitat Monitoring Plans are being amended, following the comments and suggestions made by the partners.

NOVEMBER 2013

  • The Habitat Monitoring Plans (Deliverables: 3 Habitat Monitoring Plans) have been completed and will be submitted to the competent authorities (DF & DE) for their official approval.

JANUARY 2014

  • The DF has officially approved the Habitat Monitoring Plans; waiting for the official approval by the DE. 

MARCH 2014

  • The DE has officially approved the Habitat Monitoring Plans. The action is formally concluded.

 


 

Action A.4: Preparation of Habitat Management Plans

 

 

FEBRUARY 2012 - APRIL 2012

  • Review on habitat management plans with emphasis on management plans used specifically for similar habitats in the Mediterranean and particularly those in previous or ongoing LIFE projects.

JUNE 2012

  • DF circulated a proposed draft of the Plans to all partners for discussion. A meeting was scheduled to take place during the 1st week of July (probably the 5th of July).

JULY 2012

  • A partners’ meeting took place at Athalassa on July the 5th. DF circulated the proposed draft plans to all partners for discussion. Outline and content were agreed among participants.

DECEMBER 2012

  • DF prepared the official template document to be used during field visits at all habitat locations. The document is intended for standardized habitat description within the mapped polygons in terms of conservation status, threats and restoration potential. The document consists of a descriptive table with fields (e.g. habitat code, area covered, mixed habitat or not etc.) acting as input to the attribute table that accompanies each habitat polygon feature class in the geographic database.

JANUARY 2013

  • Introductory and habitat specific information has been recorded from extensive literature review concerning the three areas of interest (Akamas peninsula, Troodos NFP, Madari-Papoutsa).
  • Field observations for certain habitat locations are being processed and incorporated to the management plans. DF has planned another round of field visits at the Akamas peninsula for population density estimation. The visits output will be integrated in the management plans but will also provide input to the on-going mapping work in Action A.1.

FEBRUARY 2013

  • The first draft management plan of Madari has been prepared and is under partners’ evaluation. DF’s personnel provided input from their field visits at Akamas on the habitat’s conservation status and identified threats.

JULY 2013 – OCTOBER 2013

  • The three Management Plans have been finalized and are under evaluation by the competent authorities (DF and DE) for their official approval.

NOVEMBER 2013

  • The official approval of the management plans from DE was given on 24.11.2013 and the Action is therefore officially completed.

 


 

Action A.5: Visitor Impact Assessment

 

 

MARCH 2012 - MAY 2012

  • AKTI handled the preparation of the draft survey questionnaire. Questionnaires were finalized for all the 3 project areas. The first questionnaires were filled in, at Akamas on 24/5, at Troodos on 30/5 and for Madari on 31.05.2012 (Lagoudera meeting).

JULY 2012

  • Questionnaires were completed at 6, 14 and 22/7 at Madari, Akamas and Troodos. The results were documented in the final spreadsheet.

OCTOBER 2012

  • Another 3 field visits took place at Troodos NFP and Madari-Papoutsa sites for the completion of questionnaires. The preparation of reports and maps was in progress.

NOVEMBER 2012

  • A final field observation visit to Akamas area took place.
  • The questionnaire survey for the autumn period was concluded at all 3 locations.

DECEMBER 2012

  • The questionnaire survey at Akamas and Troodos areas was completed on December 6th and 13th respectively.

JANUARY 2013

  • A final visit and completion of questionnaires at Madari-Papoutsa took place on January 15th. The reports are in the process of evaluation and final processing.

FEBRUARY 2013

  • Maps have been prepared by the DF for all 3 project areas. These maps illustrate current infrastructure and proposed locations for visitor management actions, including nature trails, road network, nearby communities, parking areas, information signs, rubbish bins, view-points, resting areas and information points.

MARCH 2013 - APRIL 2013

  • Finalisation of reports and maps on visitor impact assessment (Deliverables: 3 Reports & 3 maps) at the 3 project areas.