Capacity building in species monitoring
05/04/ 2016 Project administrator Sadonija Padarauskienė tel.: 870 66 8074
04/11/2014 Project information
Environmental Protection Agency implements the project “Capacity Building in Species Monitoring”. Project is a part of the LT03 program “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009–2014.
The goals of this project are to form methodology background and collect data and other basic information, needed for the effective assessment of the plant and animal species Community concern, which require establishing of the Natura 2000 network territories. These goals will be reached evaluating state of populations of these species and their habitats, identifying possible effects of natural and anthropogenic factors on them, evaluating distribution and main spreading pathways of the invasive alien plant and animal species, their actual and potential influence on other species populations. During the implementation of the project, information regarding 101 plant and animal species EC concern as well as 13 invasive plant and animal species will be collected and evaluations performed.
Information and data collected will allow choosing means for the ensuring adequate species conservation status. Data on distribution and spreading pathways of the invasive species, which may have significance potential influence on the quality of biodiversity, will allow choosing respective prevention means for the effective control of the invasive species. The data collected during the implementation of the project will serve as a basic information to assess and forecast the changes in the state of species in the future and the assessment if the actions performed concerned the natural habitats and protection of the wild fauna and flora (by the EU Directives 2009/147/EC and 92/43/EEC) are effective.
Project consists of three parts. First part is to be implemented with the partner State Service for Protected Areas and is dedicated for the increased capacity of the protected areas administrations to evaluate state and the trends of the species with the European concern. The second part will be implemented in collaboration with the Nature Research Center and is focused on collection and analyzing data on plant and animal species EC concern, their state and its change. The third will be executed together with the Nature Research Center as well and it is designed to collect and analyze data on invasive alien species and prepare recommendations for their management.
Implementing the project “Capacity Building in Species Monitoring”, the first interim reports under the third part of the project, which is designed to collect and analyze data on invasive alien species and preparation of the recommendations for their prevention, has been received.
Research performed by the Nature Research Center covers invasive alien plant and animal species. The first report includes invertebrate species Pontogrammarus robustoides and Paramysis lacustris. The second includes four invasive alien plant species – Solidago gigantea, Solidago altissima, Bidens frondosa and Gypsophila paniculata.
Data of the distribution, spreading pathways, population dynamics of these invasive species are presented and assessed, recommendations for their control are prepared.
09/03/2015 Project update information
Under the project “Capacity Building in Species Monitoring”, the first 2014 part of activities is performed assessing the state of population, habitats and trends of changes for the fish and lamprey species EC concern, for the protection of which the designation of special conservation areas are required.
Group of researchers lead by V. Kesminas presented report on the state of 9 fish and lamprey species.
The brook lamprey population evaluated as better than in 2008. Conservation status of river lamprey was inadequate – bad. State of salmon population is improving constantly; the overall conservation status was appropriate. State of twide shad population was the worst during the whole research period, the population structure was unstable, and the overall conservation status was bad. The main reason for that is overfishing of stock in the Russian part of Curonian Lagoon. The abundance of razor fish was appropriate and the population structure was stable. The overall occurrence of European bitterling in all rivers surveyed was fairly high but its abundance depends on the habitat structure and feeding conditions. The state of loach assessed as very good, the overall conservation status was assessed as favorable. The abundance of freshwater sculpin in the rivers vary significantly, he overall conservation status is assessed as adequate. The conservation status of asp in the surveyed water bodies was assessed as favorable.
Conclusions presented in this interim report might be adjusted after finalizing all planned project research activities. In 2015, the assessment work of this animal group will be continued, evaluating fish and lamprey species EC concern state of populations, its trends and factors, influencing tem.
The participants of events were members of the Ministry of Environment, the National Service for Protected Areas, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Service for Protected Areas, the Central Project Management Agency, the weekly "Green World", Lithuanian Ornithological Society, Natural Research Centre, the Baltic Environmental Forum.
The participants of events were members of the Ministry of Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Service for Protected Areas, Lithuanian Ornithological Society, Nature Research Centre, the Baltic Environmental Forum.
Beginning of the project – 17th October 2014
End of the project – 30th April 2016
Budget – 585.000 Euro