MIPP - Monitoring of insects with public participation

LIFE11 NAT/IT/000252

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Franco MASON
Fax: ++39 045 8345445
Email: franco.mason.cnbfvr@gmail.com

Project description:


Several European countries have published national guidelines for the monitoring of insect species contained in annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive. Italy, however, lacks monitoring standards to estimate changes in population sizes, threat levels and conservation status. The 2nd Italian National Report on the implementation of the Habitats Directive, which covered the period 2001-2006, contains an evaluation sheet on the conservation status of species included in the annexes of the Habitats Directive. But without standard monitoring procedures it will be impossible to evaluate the future development of the conservation status of the known populations. There are no monitoring standards for the target insect species (*Osmoderma eremita s.l., Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, *Rosalia alpina, Morimus funereus) found in four reserves included in the 'MIPP' project.


The main objectives of the project are:

  • To develop an official protocol, approved by the region of Lombardy, based on the methods that have been implemented to monitor populations of insects listed in annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive (*Osmoderma eremita s.l., Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, *Rosalia alpina and Morimus funereus). Such a protocol is the only reliable standard for estimating population size, threat level and conservation status;
  • To implement a web-based survey system for the collection of data on insect species (Lucanus cervus, *Rosalia alpina, Cerambyx cerdo, *Osmoderma eremita, Lopinga achine, Parnassius apollo, Saga pedo and Zerynthia polyxena) that are included in the annexes of the Habitats Directive; and
  • To inform and educate the general public on different issues, such as the Natura 2000 network, the Habitats Directive, monitoring and saproxylic (dead wood) insects.
  • Expected results

    The main quantifiable expected results include:
  • Drafting of a protocol, with a standard monitoring system for target insect populations (*Osmoderma eremita s.l., Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, *Rosalia alpina, and Morimus funereus);
  • Approval and inclusion of the protocol in the Regional Directives;
  • Creation of a website (www.cnbfvr.life-insectmonitor.eu) for the collection of data on eight target species of insects included in the annexes of the Habitats Directive;
  • Drafting of monitoring guidelines; and
  • Publication in international scientific journals of results of data analyses.

  • Results


Environmental issues addressed:


Species - Invertebrates


monitoring system‚  social participation‚  on-line service

Target species

 Cerambyx cerdo   Lucanus cervus   Morimus funereus   Osmoderma eremita   Rosalia alpina   

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Corpo Forestale dello Stato
Type of organisation National authority
Description The National Centre for Forest Biodiversity, Bosco Fontana of Verona (CNBFVR), provides scientific advice to the Central Office for Biodiversity of the National Forestry Service (CFS) in Rome, with respect to invertebrate conservation and forest ecosystem monitoring via bio-indicators. The activities of the CNBFVR take place primarily in the Natura 2000 network and the networks of international monitoring (ICP Forest, L-TER). The CNBFVR has participated in other LIFE Nature projects: LIFE99 NAT/IT/006245, LIFE03 NAT /IT/03 000147 and LIFE04 NAT/IT/000190.
Partners Sapienza Università di Roma, Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie "Charles Darwin" Università degli Studi - Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Biologia Ambientale Ministero dell'Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare - Dir. Gen. Protezione Natura Regione Lombardia


Project reference LIFE11 NAT/IT/000252
Duration 01-OCT-2012 to 30-SEP -2017
Total budget 2,734,430.00 €
EU contribution 1,599,906.00 €
Project location Lombardia(Italia) Friuli-Venezia Giulia(Italia) Emilia-Romagna(Italia) Abruzzo(Italia)


Read more:

Brochure "Con la scuola a lezione di Natura ... nel Bosco della Fontana : Educazione Ambientale" (4.6 MB)
Leaflet "MIPP : Tour divulgativo 10-12 febbraio 2016" (1.1 ...
Leaflet "Wanted alive : Monitoraggio di insetti con la par ...
Leaflet "Bosco della Fontana : Biogenetic Nature Reserve" ...
Project web site Project's website
Project web site - 2 Link to the project's mobile apss (Android, Windows phone and iOs devices)
Project web site - 2 Project's Twitter page
Project web site - 2 Project's Facebook page
Publication: Book "Fiuto per la Biodiversità : Osmodog e i piccoli a ...
Publication: Guidelines-Manual "Linee guida per il monitoraggio e la conservazion ...
Publication: Pedagogical tool "Monitoring di insetti con la participazione pubbl ...
Publication: Technical report "MIPP : Report 2014-2015" (0.97 MB)


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