A1. Preparatory action, regarding the administrative and legal aspects of the project implementation. Two technical meetings will be organized by beneficiary of the project. The activity targets the start of the legal procedures necessary for the beginning of the implementation and will consist of two meetings at the beneficiary’s headquarters.
A2. Stakeholders analysis and of socio-economic context in the project area.Interested parties within project area – institutions, organizations and private persons whose actions could potentially impact the favorable conservation status of species and habitats – will be identified.
A3. Sites’ hydro-pedological regime assessment.7210* and 91E0* habitats will be mapped in relationship with underground waters dynamics. Hydrologic regime of the project area will be determined.
B1. Land purchase and sole compensatory payments in the Nature 2000 sites ROSCI0170 – The forest and eutrophic marshes from Prejmer and ROSCI0055 – Fortress-hill Lempeș- Hărman marsh. This action will target the purchase of land, as follows: 28 hectares within ROSCI 0170 site (8 hectares of forest in the priority habitat 91EO* and 20 hectares of 7210* habitat in Prejmer marshland). Compensatory off-payments will be made for 3 hectares of 7210* habitat within ROSCI0055 site, situated on the administrative territory of Harman village, and 1hectar of 91IO* habitat.
C1. Identification and delimitation of the two sites boundaries and surrounding with a green fence the threatened marsh habitat 7210*. Topographic measurements will be made in order to precisely identify the boundaries of ROSCI0170 and ROSCI0055 sites; Topographic milestones will be installed. A green fence surrounding will be made.
C2. Natural state restoration, conservation and support of the ecological processes within alluvial forests of 91E0* habitat. The activity involves the restoration of the composition and vertical structure of alder and common ash forests, restoration of favorable health status of black alder stands through biological methods, in demonstrative areas.
C3. Measures to support the natural regeneration of Euro-Siberian forested-steppe with Querqus sp. vegetation of 91I0* habitat. Natural regeneration will be assisted through soil mobilization, supporting the natural regenerated seedlings and complementary plantations.
C4. Ecological reconstruction and conservation of Prejmer and Harman eutrophic marshes – priority habitat 7210*.
Sectors of drainages ditches and springs will be protected from clogging.
C5. Diminishing human impact on priority habitats within the project area.Decreasing the level of intensive grazing, illegal firing of stubbles and uncontrolled tourism.
C6. Developing a GIS database. An integrated database will be created to assess the impact of project actions and monitoring of results.
D1. Monitoring the evolution of the hydrological soil regime. Humidity sensors located 20 cm under the ground, will be used to assess the evolution of the soil hydrological regime within the project area.
D2. Monitoring the impact of the conservation measures implemented within the project framework. Assessment of the efficiency of the conservation measures conducted for supporting the natural regeneration of oak and black alder.
D3. Monitoring the project’s socio-economic impact. Surveys conducted in order to evaluate the attitude of stakeholders regarding the importance of Nature 2000 network for the reconstruction of degraded habitats and the benefits added to conservation will be made on annual basis.
E1. Promoting the project’s objectives and results.
For it will hold 3 information events, grouped by target groups, 4 press statements and will be produced and distributed materials to promote the project (brochures, stickers, posters).
E2. Website and discussion forum. A website to disseminate project objectives and results will be created and maintained for at least 10 years, with constant updates about the activities of the project. A discussion forum, organized on relevant sections will be also designed and updated.
E3. Design and set up of the informative panels and the elaboration of the final report for the general public. A total of 12 panels describing the projects, its objectives and actions will be designed and installed in the 2 sites. At the end of the implementation period, a final report for the general public will be elaborated and disseminated.
E4. Awareness raising campaign for the promotion of SCI sites and their socio-economic benefits. The campaign will target the general public and the local communities and students from the project area and will increase knowledge on the importance of habitats and species in Nature 2000 sites, by designing and distributing informational materials.
E5. Diminishing the impact of the stakeholders on the conservation status of the project area.
This activity is willing to demonstrate to the interested factors that the traditional activities can be performed without threatening the conservation status of species and habitats. Exchanges with similar areas in the EU will be main device for proving this. Moreover, 2 thematic tracks will be created, in order to diminish the effects of uncontrolled tourism.
F1. Project management.
The project management is essential for the efficient, coherent and timely implementation of the project, which will ensure that obstacles and difficulties that may arise during the project will be overcome.
F2. External Audit
The external auditor, will provide a report, at the end of the project implementation period, which will certify that all the expenses incurred were in accordance to the legal provisions (real, legal, budgeted, necessary for fulfilling the project’s objective, incurred in the time framework of the project). The auditor must be independent of the beneficiary and its associated partners.
F3. Experience exchange with other LIFE projects. Experts of the project will participate in international and national conferences, in order to share and benefit from the experience accumulated by other LIFE projects with similar conservation objectives.
F4. “After-LIFE” conservation plan. In the last quarter of the project’s implementation period, a working meeting aimed at creating an action plan for the sustainability of the project, will be organized.
The project is financed through the support of the LIFE Nature instrument of the European Union. The EU contribution amounts to 885.731 euro, representing 69,96% of the total project value.