The project management includes the overall project operations and monitoring, the reporting activity and the production of an After-LIFE Conservation Plan.

Networking with other projects

Very important is the exchange experiences and visits among other Italian and foreign Life + projects involved in the protection of biodiversity and invasive alien plants management.

Within the networking activities among other LIFE projects, Francesca Casella carried out two inspections at the pinewood and sandy dunes of Siponto (Manfredonia) with the project managers of the LIFE Zone Umide Sipontine project (LIFE09 NAT/IT/000150 – Conservation actions of habitats in the coastal wetlands of SCI Wetlands of Capitanata). The areas affected by the control interventions of the invasive tree species Acacia cianophylla were inspected. The objective was to evaluate the results of previous treatments, analyze the critical issues, and support the managers of the LIFE Zone Umide Sipontine project in assessing the need for further intervention and establishing the modalities and the period of intervention (link to news of the first and second inspection).

Another inspection was made with the Life Ri.Co.Pri project partners (LIFE09 NAT / IT / 000118) in an area of the Ruffi Mountains in Lazio, a region particularly infested by ailanthus plants (link to news).

Further, a collaboration has begun between the “LIFE Alta Murgia” Project and “Resto con Life” Project. The goal of the project is the rehabilitation of the ecosystems of the Tuscan Archipelago islands (link to news).

Francesca Casella (ISPA – CNR) has partecipated at “European workshop on control and eradication of invasive alien plant species” LIFE project  “Conservation of priority natural values in Turjanvidek Natura 2000 area Southern unit” Budapest April 19-21, 2016 (link to news).

“Nemo” Team and the Lombardy Region (coordinator of the GESTIRE 2020 project – LIFE 14-IPE 000018 ) have organized  the “LIFE Project Meeting on Invasive Alien Species (IAS)” The meeting was held in Milan on November 29 – 30, 2017. In this occasion, Dr. Casella presented a talk entitled “Ailanthus altissima control: experiences in the LIFE Alta Murgia project” (link to news).

Dr. Maurizio Vurro and Dr. Casella of CNR-ISPA participated at the final conference organized by the “LIFE Bosco Incoronata” project held in Foggia on December 19, 2016 (link to news).

 “After LIFE” Comunication

The goal of this action is to continue the project results comunication and protect biodiversity, avoiding the invasive alien species spread after the conclusion of the project.
The “After LIFE” Communication Plan has been drawn up in Italian and English. It is available in the “Documents” section.
The document, drawn up in the project final phase, explains how the achieved results will be diffused after the end of the project in an extended way (see attachments After LIFE Communication Plan IT and After Life Communication Plan EN).