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Design and development of shared protocols for the monitoring of the Natura 2000 network

Each partner shall organise the recognition of biodiversity indicators, monitoring systems and existing databanks within his own territory. The data collected is then be compared and combined and, by mutual agreement, it will be processed and integrated in order to provide an assessment of the area in question, with a complete overview.

Common habitat, flora, fauna and social-economic indicators have been identified to be used in the eastern Alpine area.

Each partner shall verify existing databanks, computer systems and data collection methods used for his own area. These will be processed and integrated on a system level in order to define shared data collection protocols and to monitor habitat, flora, fauna and social-economic matters.

The protocols will be translated into a data entry system that will allow the databanks to communicate and share information.

In order to test the cross-border monitoring methods and data collection system, each partner will carry out specific tests according to the new shared protocols.

Preparation of guidelines for drawing up Management plans of the protected natural areas

Each partner identifies pilot areas in his own area and collects the elements required to check their naturalness. On the basis of the indications supplied by the Commission and authorities of reference, the shared guidelines are defined in order to carry out the Risk Analysis and Management plan of the Natura 2000 areas. This results in the preparation of a new, specific manual to be tested by each partner in a pilot area.