LIFE Projects - Environmental Management and Development Projects

 

NCC is actively involved with European LIFE projects, utilizing the existing and longstanding experience of its staff in the field of nature conservation. The consultancy undertakes the preparation of LIFE project proposals, in collaboration with public and private organizations and research institutions. NCC contributes to the implementation of projects in the respect of coordination and implementation of specific management actions in Natura 2000 areas, particularly related with the implementation of the European Directives on the protection of avifauna and their natural habitats. NCC holds an important role in the field of public awareness of local communities. So far the consultancy's executives have submitted more than 25 LIFE project proposals on behalf of NGOs, municipalities, universities, private companies and other entities, and have participated in the implementation - coordination of more than 12 such projects.

 

Ongoing projects

The projects which NCC currently has been implementing and participating in are:


 

LIFE+ Nature “Conservation measures to assist the adaptation of Falco eleonorae* to climate change” (LIFE13 NAT/GR/000909)


Start:
2014, Duration: 4 years
 

The project is implemented by the University of Patras, the Hellenic Ornithological Society and NCC, aiming in facilitating the Eleonoras’ Falcon adaptation to the ongoing and future climate change by the implementation of a series of conservation actions.

NCC is undertaking the following actions:

  • Rat eradication operations for the improvement of nesting habitat quality for Eleonora’s Falcon (Action C1)

  • Increase of nesting habitat availability for Eleonora’s falcon with the use of artificial nests (Action C2)

  • Monitoring the socio-economic impact of the project actions (D2)

  • Coordination of all the public awareness and dissemination actions and implementation of their majority (Actions E)

and participates in collaboration with other partner in the following actions:

  • Update of the species baseline information (Action A2)

  • Identification and quality assessment of foraging grounds during the breeding and wintering period (Action A4)
     


LIFE+ Biodiversity “Demonstration of good practices to minimize impacts of wind farms on biodiversity in Greece ” (LIFE12 BIO/GR/000554)

Start: 2013 Duration: 4 years
 

The project is implemented by the Center for Renewable Energy and Saving, in collaboration with NCC Ltd.

The overall project objectives are to demonstrate, state of the art methods and approaches that will improve the compatibility of wind farm development, with the EU biodiversity conservation targets, and to develop prescriptions and guidelines that will enable Greek state authorities and wind farm developers to effectively plan, implement and regularly evaluate the performance of the mitigation technologies, for the benefit of affected biodiversity.

NCC is undertaking, or participates in collaboration with other partner in the following actions:

  • Operational plan for implementation of concrete conservation actions (Action Α1)

  • Operational plan for monitoring and public awareness/dissemination actions (Action Α2)

  • Demonstration of Early Warning Systems and mitigation technologies (Action C1)

  • Monitoring impacts of concrete conservation actions (Action D1)

  • Development of the project web-site, project communication and publication of public awareness material (Actions Ε1, Ε2)

  • Public awareness campaign (Action Ε3)

  • Publication of a Good Practice Guide and a Decision Support Tool (Action Ε4)
     

For further information please visit the projects' website: www.windfarms-wildlife.gr

 


 

LIFE+ Nature "Conservation and Management of the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) at the Greek SPA sites" (LIFE11 NAT/GR/001011)

Start: 2012 Duration: 4 years


The project is implemented by the Laboratory of Agricultural Biodiversity of the University of Thessaly, the local Municipality of Rigas Feraios, the Management Authority of the SPA site of Karla Lake, the Hellenic Ornithological Society and the private consultancy NCC Ltd.
 

Description: The project aims at enabling the formulation of an effective and sustainable conservation framework for the lesser kestrel at 3 SPA sites, holding >75% of the species population in Greece and 6% of the EU population, by providing well focused conservation planning and implementing concrete conservation actions and communication and research activities needed to ensure a positive population trend for the local species population.
 

NCC is undertaking, or participates in collaboration with the other partners in the following actions:

  • Identification and classification of nesting sites and breeding population (Action Α1)

  • Identification and quality assessment of foraging grounds, diet composition and prey availability (Action Α2).

  • Planning and sustainable management practices of the rural environment for the benefit of the Lesser Kestrel (Action Α3).

  • Elaboration of a grazing management plan for the Karla wet meadow habitats (Action Α4).

  • Technical planning for the interventions to improve nesting habitat available for the species(Action Α5).

  • Elaboration of a regional action plan for the conservation of the species in the project sites (Action A6).

  • Creation of a certification label of local products as friendly to the Lesser Kestrel and their promotion to the market (Action C5).

  • Scientific monitoring of the species (Action D1)

  • Monitoring of the effectiveness of the project’s actions (Action D2).

  • A public awareness campaign for the species through events, workshops and presentations to the local community (Action Ε1).

  • Establishment and operation of a special exhibition at the Karla Info Center (Action Ε2).

  • Environmental education campaign and production of environmental education material (Action Ε3).

  • Production of leaflets and other informational material (Action Ε4).

  • Development and regularly update of the project webpage (Action Ε5).

  • Production of a 30-minute documentary for the Lesser Kestrel (Action Ε6).

  • Promotion of ecotourism focusing on the Lesser Kestrel (Action Ε7).

  • Production of a Good Practice Guide for farming practices compatible to the conservation of lesser kestrel and agricultural biodiversity (Action Ε8).

  • Project coordination (Action F1) and networking with other similar LIFE projects (Action F2)

For further information please visit the projects' website: www.lifelesserkestrel.eu

 


 

LIFE+ Nature "Management of the SPA site of Andros Island to achieve a Favourable Conservation Status for its priority species" (LIFE10 NAT/GR/000637)

Start: 2011 Duration: 4 years
 

The project is implemented by the Municipality of Andros, in collaboration with the private consultancy NCC Ltd. and the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS).
 

The project aims to implement urgent conservation measures for direct conservation of all 4 priority species in the SPA of Andros Island, Greece. The overall objective is to establish a well structured, effective, socially acceptable and economically viable Management Scheme for the SPA, capable to coordinate the activities of competent authorities within the site, and to carry out the core of the management needed for achieving and maintaining the Favourable Conservation Status of priority species in the SPA.
 

NCC is undertaking, or participates in collaboration with two other partners in the following actions:

  • Elaboration of the Management Plan for the SPA (Action A1)
    Elaboration of the operational plans and technical documents for Concrete Conservation Actions (Action A2)
    Elaboration of a feasibility study for the SPA Management (Action A3)

  • Islet nesting habitat management: Rat eradication operations (Action C1), Yellow-legged Gull population control (Action C2), Improvement of nesting habitat availability (Action C3)

  • Management of Falco eleonorae and Hieraatus fasciatus foraging habitats: Cultivation of abandoned terraces (Action C4), Protection, enhancement and restoration of coastal wetlands (Action C5), Pilot installation of seagrass-friendly moorings in target seabird primary foraging grounds (Action C6)

  • Establishment of a small scale Wildlife First Aid Centre on Korthi, in cooperation with the NGO “ANIMA: Association for the Protection and Welfare of Wildlife”, in Athens (Action C7)

  • Production of information material (Action D1), production of a project documentary (Action D2), Operation of the Project Exhibition at the Korthi Municipal Visitor Centre (Action D4), Production of environmental education material and implementation of environmental education campaign (Action D5)

  • Overall project Management (Action E1)

  • Monitoring of Project’s Performance (Action E2)

For further information please visit the projects' website: www.androslife.gr

 


 

LIFE+ Nature "Demonstration of the Biodiversity Action Planning approach, to benefit local biodiversity on an Aegean island, Skyros" (LIFE09/NAT/GR000323)

Start: 2010 Duration: 4 years
 

The project is implemented by the Municipality of Skyros, in collaboration with the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS), Elliniki Etairia - Society for the Environment & Cultural Heritage (EE) and the National Center of Environment and Sustainable Development (NCESD)
 

This project aims to demonstrate integrated planning methods and management measures in order to enhance the biodiversity on the island of Skyros, through participatory implementation of the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) of Skyros island. The Biodiversity Action Plan has a holistic approach and includes 6 thematic Action Plans, focusing at the important habitats and species of the island, associated with an extensive public awareness campaign for the sufficient dissemination of the project.
 

NCC is responsible for the overall coordination of the project, as well as for the supervision of all the preparatory actions’ implementation (action plans and surveys). Among others ncc develops or participates in the elaboration of the following actions:

  • Elaboration of the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) (Action A1)

  • Elaboration of the Wetlands Action Plan (WAP) (Action A3)

In addition, the company provides consultation to the staff of the Municipality of Skyros in the overall coordination of the project. In the frames of this collaboration, NCC contributes to the planning - implementation of the following actions:

  • Agro Pastoral Action Plan: demonstrative pastureland management of abandoned agricultural terraces, small-scale management interventions (Actions C1, C2, C3)

  • Wetlands Action Plan: implementation (Action C4)

  • Workshops and training seminar for the local authorities (Actions D1, D2)

  • Public awareness and dissemination actions: Public awareness campaign (Action D4), production of information material (Action D5), production of a 30-minute documentary (Action D6)

  • Overall coordination and management of the project (Action E1)

For further information visit the projects' website: www.skyroslife.gr

 


 

Given below is a list of the most important categories of projects, where we have been involved:

Species conservation projects, including European LIFE projects for the conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican (in cooperation with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Bearded Vulture (in cooperation with the NHMC), Eleonora’s Falcon, Mediterranean Shag and Audouin’s Gull (in cooperation with the HOS).

Habitat conservation-restoration projects, including European LIFE projects which involved habitat conservation-management-restoration interventions, such as project on Mediterranean Reservoirs and Wetlands implemented in collaboration with the NHMC.

Habitat management-conservation projects, also in the framework of LIFE projects, including the project for conservation of 7 Special Protection Sites (SPAs), implemented in collaboration with the HOS and Forest Research Institute of Thessaloniki, as well as the project on conservation of the Agras wetland in collaboration with the Municipality of Edessa.

Special interventions for the conservation of species include conservation and management measures, such as nesting habitat creation for birds (rafts and earth islands in wetlands), wetland habitat creation for the restoration of wetland functions in degraded ecosystems, and control of invasive and competitive species, such as rats and yellow legged gulls in breeding colonies of endangered bird species.

Design of integrated biodiversity conservation projects, includes the planning and preparation of LIFE projects (Nature -Biodiversity and –Environment), involving large sets of actions (25-40), focusing on well specified conservation objectives that have been identified using the Logical Framework Approach. Until now, more than 15 project proposals have been prepared and submitted in collaboration with NGOs, local authorities, companies, universities and research institutes, which resulted to the implementation of 7 LIFE projects.