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Objectives and actions




The objectives of LIFE+Lands of Priolo project are:
  • Improve quality of habitat and ensure food resources for the Azores Bullfinch all year;
  • Ensure the stability of Azores Bullfinch population;
  • Raise awareness among local entities and population, involving them in the conservation of the SPA;
  • Guarantee the conservation of the SPA PVRG in the long term.
For this purpose, the following actions will be developed:

Planning actions (A8 | A11 | D3 | F6)
A8 Promotion of actions for the implementation of a comprehensive strategy for the combat of invasive alien flora in the SPA and involved municipalities
A11 Review of SPA Pico da Vara/ Ribeira do Guilherme Management Plan
D3 Detailed mapping of vegetation in the SPA Pico da Vara/Ribeira do Guilherme and its evolution along time
F6 Preparation of a conservation action plan for the species and its habitat after-LIFE

Native Plants production (A1 | C1 | C2 | D1)
A1 Improvement of protocols for production of native plants 
C1 Production of seeds of herbs and ferns for cliffs restoration. 
C2 Production of native species in nursery
D1 Monitoring of nursery's production

Creation of a protection ring that prevents the entry of invasive plants (C3 | C4 | D2)
C3 Opening of main access to the area for the intervention
C4 Invasive species control and recovery of natural forest in the ridge area
D2 Monitoring of invasive species control and vegetation recovery actions

Recovery of an altitude gradient of natural forest (A3 | A4 | A6 | C6 | D2)
A3 Control tests of Pittosporum undulatum in pure spots and big slope areas in the Laurel Forest
A4 Evaluation of methods for the control of tree fern species Sphaeropteris cooperi and Dicksonia antarctica in high altitude areas of natural forest
A6 Environmental re-qualification project for creation of an altitude gradient of natural vegetation
C6 Creation of an altitude gradient of natural vegetation
D2 Monitoring of invasive species control and vegetation recovery actions

Recovery of water lines and landslide areas (A2 | A5 | C5 | C7 | D4)
A2 Climbing training for works in high slope areas
A5 Test of biophysical measures and hydro-seeding for recovery of landslides and water lines
C5 Recovery of landslides
C7 Recovery of a water line
D4 Monitoring of erosion in the water line

Predator's control (A7 | C8 | D5)
A7 Evaluation of Azores Bullfinch nest predation by rodents and weasels
C8 Control of rats in the main occurrence area of Azores Bullfinch
D5 Monitoring of rodents and weasels in the SPA Pico da Vara/ Ribeira do Guilherme

Evaluation of new threats (A9 | D7)
A9 Research of hybrids of laurel and holy tree in the SPA and surrounding area
D7 Implementation of an early detection system for new potentially invasive species and invasion areas in the SPA Pico da Vara/Ribeira do Guilherme

Improvement of visitation to the area and monitoring of impacts (A10 | D8 | E3 | E4)
A10 Visitors characterization and evaluation of public use in the SPA Pico da Vara/ Ribeira do Guilherme
D8 Monitoring of use and impacts on pedestrian trails
E3 Development of resources for improving visitation in the SPA
E4 Disclosure of the SPA Pico da Vara/ Ribeira do Guilherme and its natural values and promotion of sustainable tourism in the Lands of Priolo

Raise awareness of local population and visitors  (E1 | E2 | D9)
E1 Development of an activities program for local population about conservation actions in the SPA
E2 Development of a school program adapted to all educational levels with information about conservation actions and their importance
D9 Evaluation of awareness raising activities impact

General monitoring of the project (D6 | D10)
D6 Monitoring of Azores Bullfinch population
D10 Evaluation of socio-economic impact of the project




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