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Conservation and Monitoring at the National Park of Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Protection and Monitoring in National Park of Dadia-lefkimis-Soufliou" has been implemented for 14 years under the EU mobility program like Erasmus+. It is expected to take 16 months and one volunteers will participate. No specific skill is required from the volunteer apart from having a sincere interest in nature and a truthful desire to learn.In general, the volunteer will need to be equipped with a strong motivation and a good disposition. Main objectives of the Dadia project are: 1. Systematic monitoring of biotic parameters (vultures, birds of prey, rare fauna species or important species for the survival and conservation of raptors)2. Dissemination of scientific knowledge and management proposals to involved authorities like Forest Services, Management Park authorities, regional and central authorities which is the main target group3. Promotion of active protection of raptors and their breeding and foraging biotopes within actions of guarding in the Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli National Park (hereafter Dadia NP) and in focused areas in Thrace.4. Monitoring of wind farms’ impact on raptors within policy and lobbying for the acceptance of a zoning map for the proper planning of wind farms proposed by WWF5. Promotion of collaboration and synergies among the involved authorities within WWF's participation in the boards of 2 National Parks, Dadia NP and Evros Delta NP6. Awareness events for land users related to the raptors’ threats as the direct persecution and the poisoning. The main target group consists by livestock breeders which on one side create suitable biotopes for raptors and provide food to them and on the other side is part of the problem when they illegally control predators by using poisoned baits.The main activities of the project in which the volunteer will take part are below:1. Monitoring reproductive activities of black and griffon vulture inside the Dadia NP and adjacent areas, in collaboration with the Management Body of Dadia’s NP.2. Monitoring the reproductive activities of the Egyptian vulture in Thrace. 3. Guarding nest of egyptian vulture inside Dadia’s NP.Participating in guarding the egyptian vulture’s nests inside the 4. Guarding crucial areas of Thrace against the use of poision baits with the help of specially trained dogs.5. Monitoring avifauna in Evros Delta in collaboration with the Management Body of the National Park of Evros Delta.6. Estimating the abundance and distribution of terrestrial tortoises.7. Literature reviews of scientific issues relating to WWF’s actions in the area.8. Participating in social events9. Inserting all the data produced from the field work, arranging other office documents etc.The methodology used is specific to each activity and each one has its own characteristics and its own particularities.A wide variety of publics will benefit from the project : all the actors directly involved (the different organizations and the volunteer) as well as the local community in both countries (through different actions and events such as the creation of a blog or an exhibition that will take place during and after the project). The communication and dissemination of this project will be about two main aspects : the environmental work that the volunteer will have done as well as the EVS program and its characteristics (muticultural environment, non-formal education etc.)

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