The project calls for actions of a transversal and encompassing nature that will have impacts on all the ecosystems found in the islets (for example, the elimination of introduced invasive species) and other actions aimed directly at groups and/or indigenous and endemic species with a conservation status that is of greater concern (seabirds, molluscs and plants).
The main preparatory actions (A) are
(i) Improvement of the conditions to work (developing the project) in Porto Santo Island and their islets,
(ii) establishment of monitoring schemes to follow the populations of introduced vertebrate species (rabbits and mouse) on the six Porto Santo Islets (IPS),
(iii) establishment of monitoring schemes to assess the response to the concrete conservation actions implemented for the ecosystems/groups/species found on the terrestrial area of the IPS and directly impacted by the project (seabirds, terrestrial molluscs and plants),
(iv) establishment of a monitoring scheme to follow the introduced invasive plant species that threaten the protected plant species,
(v) The revision and updating of the regulations for the use of and access to the Network of Marine Protected Areas of Porto Santo (NPMAPS), which includes the Nature 2000 Network Site of Porto Santo Islets
(vi), through the bibliographic review, general description and assessment of the stakeholders of the area;
(vii) elaboration of Action Plans for each of the 14 species of flora and fauna listed in the Birds and Habitats Directives present in the area of the project
(viii) creation of a work group to minimize the negative effects of urban lights on the seabirds.
(ix) identification of areas at sea and on land that are important to the roseate tern (prioritary species) and prospection of potential breeding sites,
(x) identification of the present distribution and conservation status of the pelagic seabirds in the IPS and surrounding marine area
The main concrete conservation actions (C) are
(i) Control and eradication of rabbits and mice from the IPS with the testing and implementation of a regime of quarantine to prevent the re-introduction of invasive vertebrate species,
(ii) control and eradication of introduced invasive plants in the IPS,
(iii) improve the conditions for the establishment and expansion of the indigenous vegetation, especially the endangered endemic plants
(iv) monitoring and control of the population of seagulls breeding in the IPS,
(v) implementation of a programme to recover seabirds confused by lights.
(vi) improve the expansion of the populations of severely endangered endemic molluscs (C. calculus, C. commixtus, D. turricula, H. subplicata, etc)
(vii) To improve the current knowledge about the taxonomy of the terrestrial malacological fauna of the IPS,
(viii) to set up trails and areas of visitation compatible with the assets to be protected, specifically, preventing the trampling of areas that are important for the endemic molluscs
(ix) Set up a network of “shelters” and areas of exclusion to reduce the predation of terrestrial molluscs by seagulls and mice
(x) Updating the knowledge and monitoring of the intertidal biodiversity and of the areas surrounding the IPS, with a view to increase their conservation status.
The main concrete Public awareness and dissemination of results (D) actions are
(i) Dissemination of the project through a net blog and an internet site
(ii) Promote the increase in the number of visitors to the Site, through the creation of an interpretation centre on the lighthouse of Farol Islet, equipping and signposting interpretive pedestrian routes and the organization of visits to the IPS under the overall theme of “Islets of Porto Santo, Natura 2000 Network Site”
(iii) Dissemination of the project results ex situ (in Porto Santo and Madeira Islands), specifically, among other actions, through the organization of 2 workshops for the presentation, discussion and presentation of the results of the project;
(iv) publication of a book on the IPS
(v) Dissemination of the project results in seminars, electronic conferences, regional meetings and through the publication of articles in regional newspapers and scientific journals
(vi) Public-awareness campaign and organisation of two discussion forums related to the subject of the impact of lights on seabirds
(vii) Preparation of a layman’s report.
The main concrete Overall project operation and monitoring (E) actions are
(i) Monitoring of the project by an internal team,
(ii) Monitoring of the project by an Consultive Commission,
(iii) Monitoring of the project by a Scientific Commission
(iv) Co-ordination between the current project and the Life projects “Safe Island for Seabirds” and “Sustainable Laurisilva”
(v) Ensuring the auditing of the project
(vi) Preparation of an “After-Life” conservation plan to be implemented after the end of the project (action with no costs).
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