By the end of the project, the following results are expected to have been achieved:

  • eradication of the invasive alien species Ailanthus altissima from the environments of the Alta Murgia National Park (68,077 hectares)
  • improvement in the conservation status of valuable natural ecosystems and habitats, with especial regard for priority flora and fauna species, by eradicating the Park’s most invasive alien species
  • an effective, innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable strategy for the eradication and control of ailanthus and other woody invasive alien species, while increasing the efficacy (and minimizing the use) of herbicides by using low-volume stem-application techniques
  • protection of the environment and health from the risks and negative impacts caused by exposure to herbicides
  • reduction in the negative impact and risk of diffusion of the most threatening invasive alien species
  • a Park infestation map
  • increase in awareness and knowledge among the general public and stakeholders through a website showing project contents, objectives, events and issues, seminars on specific project-related themes, information brochures, information panels, congress activity, scientific publications, field training days, booklets, final layman’s report
  • dissemination of the results
  • dissemination of issues such as biodiversity conservation, invasive alien plant species and sustainable weed management
  • communication through the media using written press and TV releases