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CHOO-NA - Choose the nature. Involvement of young volunteers for the Italian nature conservation

LIFE16 ESC/IT/000002


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Contact details:

Contact person: Massimo Soldarini
Email: massimo.soldarini@lipu.it



Project description:

Background

Ordinary people in Italy are not fully aware of environmental problems and only 3.4% of volunteers in the country are engaged in environmental concerns. There is therefore a need for initiatives to bring more young volunteers into the field of environmental conservation, specifically concerning bird species.


Objectives

The LIFE CHOO-NA! project aims to recruit, train and lead a group of 310 young volunteers from the European Solidary Corps (ESC) in the management of specific critical threats to natural and agricultural habitats of importance for birds, as well as direct threats to 11 bird species at Natura 2000 network sites, national and regional parks, and other natural habitats. The target birds will be eight species listed for special protection under the Birds Directive (2009/147/EC) and three species that are highly threatened by illegal activities in a specific Italian context.

The project’s specific goals are to:

  • Provide volunteers with a context for action that will help to improve their skills (theoretical and practical training), motivation, coordination and inclusion within LIPU structures;
  • Identify environmental problems through field activities such as surveillance, monitoring and collection of data; and
  • Apply the communication plan to raise awareness on issues related to the project, its methods, and the results achieved at local, national and European levels.
  • Expected results:

  • Recruitment and selection of at least 310 volunteers;
  • Generic (e-learning) and specific (field) training for volunteers, leading to a 70% improvement in their knowledge of the project and a 90% improvement in their knowledge of intervention methods, as well as the training of 18 local coordinators;
  • 60 volunteers acquiring the necessary skills to intervene in cases of pollutant spills in natural habitats, and the tools for rapid and effective intervention to rescue affected birds;
  • 70 volunteers acquiring the necessary skills to help protect nesting Kentish plovers, including the identification and protection of 85 nests in the project areas;
  • 40 volunteers acquiring the necessary skills to monitor and watch over nesting white storks, including the identification and protection of 25 nests in the project areas;
  • 40 volunteers acquiring the necessary skills to help protect nesting Bonelli’s eagles and Lanner falcons, including the identification and protection of 10 nests in the project areas;
  • 20 volunteers acquiring the necessary skills to perform anti-poaching activities in wintering areas for blackbird, song thrush and robin, and in Eleonora’s falcon nesting areas;
  • 30 volunteers acquiring the necessary skills to help protect lesser kestrel, including the identification and protection of 50 nests and 10 hunting territories in the project areas;
  • 10 volunteers acquiring the necessary skills to help protect nesting Montagu’s harrier, including the identification and protection of 10 nests in the project areas;
  • 20 volunteers acquiring the necessary skills to help protect golden eagles, identifying and protecting 10 nests and 10 hunting territories in the project areas;
  • Around 5-30 stakeholders and 500-1 000 citizens informed about and motivated by each of the above specific actions, and 20 stakeholders and 1 000 citizens informed of the risk of pollution from hydrocarbon spills;
  • 20 volunteers acquiring the necessary skills to support the project’s communications plan;
  • Establishment of an internet and social media presence, the production of video clips and the publication of 10 000 brochures and a newsletter (distributed to at least 1 000 contacts); and
  • Participation in three seminars/meetings for LIFE or non-LIFE projects on environmental volunteering.


Results


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Environmental issues addressed:

Keywords

biodiversity‚  nature conservation‚  voluntary work


Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator LIPU
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description Italian League for the Protection of Birds (Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli LIPU) is the Italian partner of BirdLife International and a member of the IUCN. LIPU manages projects, creates and manages nature reserves, and organises educational and awareness-raising campaigns.
Partners None

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Project reference LIFE16 ESC/IT/000002
Duration 28-AUG-2017 to 27-AUG -2019
Total budget 804,897.00 €
EU contribution 482,897.00 €
Project location Lombardia(Italia) Veneto(Italia) Emilia-Romagna(Italia) Toscana(Italia) Marche(Italia) Lazio(Italia) Puglia(Italia) Calabria(Italia) Sicilia(Italia) Sardegna(Italia)

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