Actions description

-Preparatory actions
Α1. Elaboration of a management plan for the Lake, as well as special action and operational plans for managing the wetland. The analysis and the collection of data for the current status of the wetland and its ecological features will provide the guidelines concerning its future management.

Α2. Feasibility Study for exploiting the Lake’s reeds, as well as of investigating other means, which will contribute to the financing of its sustainable management.

Α3. 
Operational plan for the Farmers’ Network establishment and preparation of the Wetland Management Agreement. With the collaboration of the local agriculture cooperatives the principles for the Farmers’ Network will be determined. The Wetland Management Agreement will be presented at a Deliberation meeting with the participation of local authorities and stakeholders.

Α4.
Environmental Impact Assessment & Environmental Licensing of the interventions that will be carried out in the Lake. The Environmental Impact Assessment will be submitted to the Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change and will also include an annexed Special Ecological Assessment.

 
-Conservation actions
C1. Reed bed management and biomass utilization. The aim of this action is to reduce the degradation of the Lake, through the reed bed management.

C2. Management and restoration actions of important habitats and habitats of important species of fauna. Action C2 involves all the necessary interventions especially during periods of drought.

C3. Establishment and operation of the Local Management Unit (LMU) of the protected area. The Unit will be responsible for the surveillance of the protected area, the implementation of the reed bed management, the conservation of the target species and their habitats.

C4. Establishment of a Farmers’ Network for the promotion of best practices in agriculture and water management. The farmers’ participation is very important for the project’s effectiveness. At the same time, the promotion of best practices is necessary in protected areas according to the “EU Biodiversity strategy 2020” and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
-Monitoring of the impacts
D1. Scientific monitoring of the conservation status of habitats and species, during the project actions. The aim of this action is the implementation of an evaluation and monitoring system which will assess the actual impact of the project on the target species’ conservation status and the overall values and quality of the wetland.

D2
. Assessment of the socio-economic impacts of the actions on the local economy and society, as well as on the restoration of ecosystem functions. This action looks at the level of acceptance and participation of the local society in the project, as well as the impacts of the project on the local economy.

D3
. Effectiveness monitoring of the project actions. This action sets indicators for the monitoring and assessment of each action’s progress.
 
-Dissemination of results
Ε1. Information, dissemination and awareness raising campaign. In order to promote the project’s idea, various events will be organised in the region, mainly in the Environment Museum of Stymfalia.

Ε2
. Organizing of two workshops and an international conference. The subjects of the workshops include the management of reed beds, water management, best practices in agriculture, sustainable management and financing of protected areas Natura 2000, etc.

Ε3
. Creation of brochures and information material. The produced material for the promotion of the project will include information leaflets for the nature, the biodiversity, the historical and cultural value of the area, as well as general information for the project.

Ε4
. Publication of three good practice guides on the sustainable management of the Lake. These publications will disseminate the know-how obtained from the project.

Ε5
. Creation of environmental interpretation path and bird watching hide. The aim is to create an open, outdoor environmental interpretation system, where visitors will be able to understand the management actions performed in the project.

Ε6
. Establishment and operation of a thematic exhibition at the Environment Museum of Stymfalia. This action involves planning, organizing and installing a special exhibition on the heating of the Museum with pellets, made from the reeds of the lake.