Project LIFE ARTEMIS – Awareness Raising, Training
and Measures for Invasive alien Species in forests

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Project activities

Action A1
Action A2
Action A3
Action B1
Action B2
Action B3
Action B4
Action B5
Action C1
Action C2
Action D1
Action D2
Action D3
Action E1
Development of the project communication plan

In the framework of this action we have carried a public opinion survey about the knowledge and attitudes of Slovenians on the issue of alien species. This was the basis for developing communication plan, which defines communication goals, messages, channels and target groups. Dissemination activities are listed and indicators defined. In February 2017, we also carried out a Communication Workshop during which we discussed communication goals and activities with all project team members. 

Status of the action: completed

Key outputs:  

Report on a public opinion survey on invasive alien species in Slovenia (in Slovenian with English summary) (.pdf)

Project Communication plan (in Slovenian) (.pdf)

Establishment of early warning and rapid response system of alien species in forests 

The purpose of this action is to establish and efficient system of early warning and rapid response (EWRR) for alien species in Slovenian forests. Such system is an important component of management of alien species. It enables their detection in early stages of spread, when species can still be eradicated or their spread can be prevented. Currently Slovenia has a well developed system of phytosanitary surveillance, which is aiming at preventing the entry and spread of pests and diseases of plants. There is still no system to detect and report other alien species which are not regulated or are covered by the new EU Regulation on invasive alien species (1143/2015). 

In the framework of this action we have conducted a baseline study on the current capacity to perform EWRR tasks among staff employed in forest management and interested public. We cooperate with competent ministries in development of legal basis of EWRR. Once the framework is defined, we will prepare five example rapid response plans.  

Status of the action: in progress

Key outputs:   

Evaluation of national capacities for the EWRR system (in preparation)

Institutional framework for implementation of EWRR system (in preparation).

Example rapid response plans (in preparation)

 

Development of training programs for EWRR

On the basis of the capacity analysis, performed in the action A2, we have developed training programs for professionals working on management and protection of forests and for the interested public and private forest owners. 

The first step in development of the programmes was to prepare an alert list of alien species in forest. The list includes those potentially invasive alien species, which are likely to spread to Slovenia in near future or are already locally present and could spread to new areas. 

For the training workshops we have developed two manuals. A general EWRR manual was prepared, which is explaining the theory of invasive alien species and methods in EWRR. Additionally we have also prepared a field guide for identification of alien species. Field guide includes most species from the alert list and additionally some more widespread species which we included to the observation list. All species are presented with photos and short descriptions. For each species we present key characters which help us distinguish those species from similar other alien or native species. Many species are additionally presented on colour drawings. 

Status of the action: completed

Key outputs: 

System of EWRR for alien species in forests – training manual (in Slovenian) (.pdf)

Field guide for identification of alien species in forests (in Slovenia) (low resolution pdf)

 

National awareness raising campaign on alien species

Some introduction of alien species could be prevented if the general public was more aware of the impacts alien species can have. Raising awareness on the issues of alien species is important that the public can understand the importance of EWRR system and is actively contributing to early detection of alien species.

During the campaign there will be numerous activities. In 2017 we have already published a popular brochure on alien species in Slovenian forests. We set up a travelling exhibition Invasives on the move, which will in the coming years be displayed in many Slovenian towns. Short promotion movies were made and in early 2018 we expect the launch of a longer 20 minutes movie on alien species. From 2017-2020 we organise guided city walks to teach interested public to recognise and report alien species. From 2017-2020 an poster advertisement campaign is planned on Slovenian trains. 

 

Status of the action: in progress

Key outputs: 

Popular brochure on alien species in Slovenian forests (in Slovenian) (.pdf)

Short promotional movie

Longer promotional movie (in preparation)

Travelling exhibition Invasives on the move 

EWRR training of professionals and volunteers

In the framework of this action, we are conducting training workshops for key target groups, which can be involved in EWRR system. Everyone participating in the EWRR system have to understand the basic issues on alien species and they need to know where and when they should pay attention to the possible presence of alien species. They should be able to recognise alien species, in particularly those which were included on the alert list.

First we conduced a Training Workshop where regional coordinators of Slovenia Forest Service were trained. Between July and September 2017 these coordinators carried out one workshop for their own regional unit of Slovenia Forest Service (14 workshops). In September and October 2017 another 14 half-day training workshops were organised for the private forest owners and other interested public who would wish to participate in EWRR system.  In March 2018 we are still planning workshops for staff working in wood extraction companies, manager of green areas and nurseries. We are also going to conduct one Transferability Workshop to present our lessons learnt to professionals form other EU member states. Please, contact us through the contact form, if you would be interesting to participated. 

Status of actions: in progress

Key outputs: 

Lectures from the workshops

Engaging foresters and citizens scientists in collecting IAS data

A key element in the effective implementation of the early warning and rapid response system is an information system in which data on alien species are collected. In this system, it must be easy to enter data, to verify these data and to generate overviews. For this, we created the Invazivke information system, which can be used both as a mobile phone (android) and a web-based application. The application enables rapid uploading of data including photographs. Expert validators can contact observers through an e-mail address which each observer provides. The system is promoted during lectures, an annual event which focusses on data collection on a single species (in 2017: Policeman’s helmet, Impatiens glandulifera) and in the “week of surveying alien species” which is organised at primary and secondary schools. 

Key outputs: 

Web application Invazivke

Mobile phone application Invazivk

2017 brochure about data collection on Impatiens glandulifera (.pdf)

Status of the action: ongoing

Involving volunteers in the management of invasive alien species in urban forests

This activity takes place in landscape park Tivoli, Rožnik and Šiška hill. The aim is to establish an example of good practice in the management of alien species. In 2017, together with volunteers, we surveyed alien plants in the area of the landscape park. On basis of an in-depth analysis of the survey results, we identified priority areas. In 2018, we started with the removal of alien plants from these priority areas, after obtaining concents of the landowners. An action plan for the management of alien species in the landscape park will be prepared, which will provide guidelines for the continuetion of active management after the completion of project LIFE ARTEMIS. 

Main products: 

Navodila za popis tujerodnih rastlinskih vrst v gozdu Krajinskega parka Tivoli, Rožnik in Šišenski hrib (Instructions for the survey of alien plant species in the forest of landscape park Tivoli, Rožnik and Šiška hill)(.pdf)

Status of the action: ongoing

Maple canker awareness campaign

Maple canker is a plant disease which affects maple trees (Acer spp.). The disease is caused by the fungus Eutypella parasitica, which originates in North America. The first European case was a finding in Slovenia in 2005. Until now, most affected trees are found in central Slovenia, especially in the landscape park Tivoli, Rožnik and Šiška hill and in Šmarna gora.

Infected trees are recognisable by a bulge at the infection site. This makes the tree mechanically vulnerable and it reduces the value of the wood. Within the framework of project LIFE ARTEMIS we will organise an awareness campaign in 2018. With this campaign, we will educate forest owners to recognise signs of the disease and encourage then to cut infected trees. This limits the spread of the disease.

Main outputs: 

Brochure Skupaj ustavimo javorov rak! (Together we stop maple canker!) (.pdf)

Status of the action: ongoing

Monitoring of project visibility and trends in public attitudes towards invasive alien species

The impacts of the project are monitored on several levels, on basis of indicators which we defined in the project application and in the communication plan. In the first project year (2017) we conducted a survey on the public opinion about invasive alien species (action A1). This survey will be repeated in the autumn of 2018 and 2020 in order to evaluate trends in the public opinion about invasive alien species. 

Main outputs: Poročilo o javnomnenjski raziskavi o invazivnih tujerodnih vrstah v Sloveniji (Outcome of the survey of the public opinion about invasive alien species in Slovenia) (.pdf; prepared in the framework of action A1)

Status of the action: ongoing

Evaluating the effectiveness of the EWRR system

Besides raising awareness about alien species, project LIFE ARTEMIS aims to improve the national capacity for early detection of alien species in forests and the establishment of an early warning and rapid response system, (EWRR). In order to achieve this goal, an institutional framework will be defined, foresters and volunteers from various sectors will be trained and a central information system for invasive alien species will be developed. The EWRR system will be evaluated with several methods. Within this action, we also assess the socio-economic consequences of the project activities on the local economy and population. 

Status of the action: ongoing

 

Dissemination of the project results to the general public

The project-results of LIFE ARTEMIS are disseminated in several ways: Directly at the start of the project in 2016, we re-designed this website, which was set up in the framework of previous projects on invasive alien species in Slovenia. In the new setup, the focus is on the current project. 

We regularly post on Facebook and present the project at annual fairs. We already visited two related projects  (CSMON-LIFE in Italy and Observatree in the United Kingdom). Towards the end of the project, we will present the project results at a workshop for decisionmakers at the national and local level. 

Main outputs: 

Information table at the entrance of the Slovenian Forestry Institute (.pdf)

Information table in landscape park Tivoli, Rožnik and Šiška hill (.pdf)

Report on the networking meeting with project Observatree (in Slovenian; .pdf)

Status of the action: ongoing

International conference on EWRR

Early warning and rapid response systems for alien species are established in many countries. This is in particular true for the members tates of the European Union, because establishing such a system is obligatory under EU regulation 1143/2014 on invasive alien species.  In the framework of project LIFE ARTEMIS, we plan a four-day conference in September 2019, where experts from different countries will have an opportunity to exchange experiences on EWRR systems. 

Status of the action:  The first preparations will start in 2018, while the conference will be held in 2019. 

Replicability and transferability plan

In project LIFE ARTEMIS, we develop new approaches for early detection of non-native species. We intend to share our experience with other institutions which are developing EWRR systems. For this, we will organize a workshop towards the end of the project, where we invite representatives from at least two EU Member States.

Status of the action: this action will start in the winter of 2019 and continue to the spring of 2020. 

Project coordination and administration

This action consists of project monitoring as well as coordination between the project partners. Our project team is meeting monthly and the project steering group has three-monthly meetings. 

Status of the activity: ongoing

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