c5.1.15 – Towards cost-effective indicators for maintaining natura 2000 sites in favourable conservation status

Cantarello E* (1), Newton A (2)

(1) Dip. TESAF, Univ. PD, Agripolis, v.le dell’Universita’ 16, 35020 Legnaro (PD) – (2) School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth Univ., Talbot Campus Fern Barrow, Poole Dorset, BH12 5BB (UK)
Collocazione: c5.1.15 – Tipo Comunicazione: Presentazione orale
5° Congresso SISEF *
Sessione 1: “Biodiversità, monitoraggio (LTER) e fattori perturbativi” *

Contatto: E Cantarello (elena.cantarello@unipd.it)

Abstract: Natura 2000 is a coherent ecological network of special areas, designated under Habitat and Birds EEC Directives, to assist in the maintenance of biodiversity in the European territory. It is now widely recognised that one of the most effective ways to maintain biodiversity is to preserve habitats in a favourable conservation status as required of Member States by the Habitat Directive. As a consequence, approaches are required to define when habitats are of favourable conservation status and to assess the maintenance or the restoration of this condition. This could be partly achieved through the selection of appropriate indicators of favourable conservation status. Once such indicators have been identified and tested, they could be used for monitoring the impact of managing Natura 2000 sites, and could assist in achieving policy goals. Although many indicators have been proposed, particularly for forested habitats, few have been adequately field tested. Little research has been undertaken to identify indicators that are cost-effective, a key characteristic given that resources for habitat assessment and monitoring are often limited. Therefore, this research aimed both to identify appropriate indicators, and to evaluate their relative cost-effectiveness for two selected Natura 2000 sites: Foresta del Cansiglio (North Italy) and The New Forest (South England). Here preliminary results of this research are presented.

Citazione: Cantarello E , Newton A (2005). Towards cost-effective indicators for maintaining natura 2000 sites in favourable conservation status . 5° Congresso Nazionale SISEF, Grugliasco (TO), 27 – 29 Set 2005, Contributo no. #c5.1.15