A.1 – Completing and updating of baseline characterization
Status: completed
Start date: 01/08/2015
Conclusion date: 31/03/2018

The information already existent for the Study Area concerning biophysical, socio-economic, species distribution and roadkill data was compiled in a Geographic Information System Database. Based on this information, the needs for complementary data (species/groups and locations without or with poor data) were identified. Additional sampling in several locations was done for the main target groups of the project including amphibians, passerines, owls and mammal carnivores. Moreover, at intervention sites (roads, road verges, culverts, microreserves, and very high voltage powerline poles) a detailed characterization of the main target groups for which the intervention was planned, was carried out taking into account a Before-After-Control-Impact (BACI) design.

Results include, among others, around 80 000 occurrence records integrated into GIS database and 254 different species, 6 connectivity maps generated, 12 animals (genets and owls) tracked with GPS/GSM system and 307 wildlife crossings and culverts mapped.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

A.2 – Compilation, structuring and implementation of national database and multi-user web platform
Status: in progress
Start date:01/10/2015
Conclusion date: 31/03/2021

This action involves complementary tasks to systematize national information scattered across multiple entities and whose aggregation and availability in a single system of global access is a crucial condition for the possibility of replicating the tasks of the project to other areas of intervention in the post-project period.

Eight entities and 8 investigators are presently contributing with data, including IP, University of Évora, ICNF, GNR and several road concessionaires. More than 90 000 roadkill data occurrences including 225 species incorporated into GIS database, already including records send by the LIFE LINES mobile application.


In charge of the action: IP

A.3 - Project implementation, licensing, procurement of permits and contracting procedures necessary to actions C
Status: concluded
Start date: 01/08/2015
Conclusion date: 31/12/2017

This action is part of the survey, meeting and gathering of all the technical, legal and administrative documentation necessary for the proper execution of the planned tasks and devices in C actions to comply with the technical and legal requirements that apply to them.

Authorizations, licensing and procurement of permits necessary to actions C were all obtained. These include (1) Design and authorizations of the amphibian passage warning signal, (5) Construction of dry ledges for fauna on 5 culverts, (7) Installation of fences at EN4, EN114 e IP2, (2) Installation of walls to elevate flying vertebrates fly on N114, (1) Installation of barriers and adaptation of culverts for amphibians on EN114, (1) Installation of reflectors for owls on N4, (1) EM529 - Implementation of barriers and tunnels for amphibians and walls for owls, (1) EM535 - Intervention Plan, (1) NIA – Restoration Plan for Nucleus of Environmental Interpretation, (2) Contractual procedures to promote public awareness and voluntary activities in actions in the responsibility of IP, (1) Installation of nets covering the slopes to avoid rabbits, (1) Implementation of a strawberry tree barrier to elevate owl’s flight.


In charge of the action: IP

A.4 - Development, testing and evaluation of automated systems of monitoring and/or deterrence
Status: concluded
Start date: 01/08/2015
Conclusion date: 31/04/2019

This action consists in the use of electronic devices as a mean of deterrence and removal of some species in areas where mortality is higher. This can be a way to significantly reduce the impacts of linear infrastructure on biodiversity with lower investment costs compared to other solutions.

Five prototypes were developed, namely a mobile system for detecting fauna roadkills in roads, a device for avoiding the presence of small rodents near roads, a device for avoiding the presence of owls near roads, a device for avoiding bird landing at electrical posts, and a device for monitoring bird approaching and landing. The prototypes were tested and tuned with data with several adaptations done to improve performance.

In the case of the mobile system, two Mobile Mapping Trailer prototypes were developed, with excellent results, providing a high rate of correct classification (>60%) at higher speeds (70-60 km/h) than traditional surveys (20-30 km/h). Several versions for the dissuasion device for rodents using ultrasounds were developed, resulting in a clear reduction of the presence of rodents near roads.

The dissuasion device for owl includes a motion detection system based on infrared sensors and a sound device. Whenever motion is detected, the device plays different sounds directed to dissuade owls from approaching the road. Regarding the dissuasion device for large birds, this prototype is similar to the owls’ device. The monitor device for birds’ approaching and behaviour on electrical lines includes a camera with full HD resolution and infrared emitters for night vision capabilities, as well as a temperature sensor to detect movement and an embedded algorithm for any motion detection on the image. When motion is detected, the camera starts recording video. All three prototypes have finished the test stage under action D3 and data is being analyzed for assessing its efficiency.


In charge of the action: FCUP

A.5 - Installation of autochthonous plant nursery for conservation actions
Status: concluded
Start date: 01/08/2015
Conclusion date: 31/12/2016

The tasks regarding this action aim to put in place a nursery for the production of plant material (plants and seeds) needed to conservation tasks provided for in the C actions, especially those that relate to the promotion of natural populations of native flora.

A location for the nursery has been found at the property of Casa João Cidade (a local association working with disabled people) The referred land parcel was been made available to MARCA to install the Plant Nursery since the beginning of April 2016.

After installing the structures of the nursery and preparing the plots, propagation work started concerning the sowing of herbaceous to produce seeds and the sowing of woody alveoli of woody species. To produce the plants, seeds collected by the Flora and Vegetation team of the University of Évora were used. An area of 5.000 m2 of produced plants was created.


In charge of the action: MARCA-ADL

A.6 - Development of prototypes for deterring avifauna in medium voltage lines
Status: concluded
New start date proposal: 01/09/2017
New conclusion date: 30/06/2019

With this action, we intend to develop a new type of treadmill called "horizontal eco track” - the ECO- HAL A2S - to minimize the collision of medium and large birds in the supports of medium voltage lines to be used in previously selected lines with high mortality rates. This new design focus on having 1 collision plan, in the reduction of electrocution and collision and being a long-life solution (30 years).

The development of the prototype was the responsibility of EDP-Distribuição and the selection of lines (13km) to be intervened by QUERCUS in collaboration with EDP-Distribuição and UEVORA.

After the ECO- HAL A2S final design was concluded, it is to be tested at an experimental stage during action C.5.


In charge of the action: QUERCUS

A.7 - Elaboration and approval of Internal Standards of guidance to support management in post-project
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/10/2019
Conclusion date: 31/12/2020

This action intends to develop and internally approve a set of rules, involving guidelines for internal teams (especially the design and monitoring) and for subcontracts (especially those associated with maintenance and current conservation, to particularly control vegetation and maintain of installed devices).

Presently, a guide for fauna mitigation measures is being prepared that will include the measures applied in LIFE LINES project that have been considered efficient. Also, the terms of reference for actual and future Road Maintenance Contract for all country have already considered some of the measures applied in LIFE LINES, assuming its appliance in the near future.


In charge of the action: IP

C.1 - Integrated Mitigation of the reduction of conductivity and permeability of the landscape in national and principal roads.
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/03/2016

Foreseen conclusion date: 30/09/2020

This action involves the use of information collected from monitoring on the mitigation of the main "hotspots" of mortality, including a set of sections of a reduced extension but high priority in terms of conservation of local biodiversity; in addition, and in conjunction with the above, ensure as far as possible a wider range of measures, both in terms of target species / groups of mitigation tasks such as the types of measures to be implemented.

Most of the tasks are implemented. In what concerns the amphibian barriers and the culvert adaptations, the chosen location in one important segment of EN114 bordered by several water bodies and where have been registered a high number of amphibians’ roadkills. Regarding the electronic prototypes to avoid owls and small mammals near the roads, these devices were developed by FCUP under the framework of Action A.4. IP has helped to install them. Other tasks include fauna passages in 6 culverts at EN4, EN114 e IP2; the implementation and rectification of fences in small segments near 7 culverts at EN4, EN114 e IP2; the installation of 100 Swareflex wildlife warning reflector at EN4 and barriers to elevate the bird’s flight. Regarding the replacement of fences at IP2 and implementation of a net set in “L” format, full implementation of this measure could only be achieved with the beginning of the new Road Maintenance Contract, due to the delay in Government’s approval. Fences implementation is expected to be concluded soon.


In charge of the action: IP

C.2 - Potentiation of the verges and marginal parcels of roads infrastructures as shelter areas, refuge, food and / or displacement.
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/03/2016
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/12/2020

This action has 3 main tasks: control of road vegetation and control of invasive species, implementation of micro-reserves, and implementation of a strawberry tree barrier to elevate owl’s flight.

Regarding the control of road vegetation and invasive species, to perform this task, with improved control techniques, two approaches are being conducted:

1 - The general and regular control of vegetation, including the invasive species is conducted by IP in the IP2, EN4, EN114 and EN18/IP2 road verges, on approximately 3 m wide strips counting from the limit of the paved section, each side of the road, on a total of 154 km. The area of intervention is approximately 462.000 m2 and the interventions are predicted to occur twice a year at least (2 x 154 km) until the end of the project. The improved techniques include: more frequency in mowing actions; the possibility of mowing just 1,5 m in the immediate proximity of the asphalt in areas where it’s important to keep a green strip as a corridor for small animals; and possibility of leaving some bushes and vegetation “islands” (instead of cutting all the vegetation) that can create refuges and stepping stones for small animals.

2 - In 58 selected spots specific methods near road verges are being applied to control invasive species Acacia dealbata, Acacia melanoxylon, Ailanthus altissima and Arundo donax., under the monitoring of UEVORA, in order to test and compare its results. The area of intervention is approximately 7.000 m2. These techniques include: herbicide brush application on the stump immediately after the tree cut; injection of herbicide in the trees; debarking of the tree trunk (Acacia spp.); successive cuts of the stems (Arundo donax); total remove of small new shoots (including the roots); plantation of native trees to compete with the invasive species (combined with the previous techniques).

Regarding the implementation of micro-reserves, to promote both the autochthonous vegetation and the habitat for project target butterfly, following the selection of two micro-reserves (A and B) in EN4 road (5.5 ha), under the management of the IP, an intervention plan elaborated for the flora activities was implemented by MARCA and UEVORA, with the participation of IP and several volunteers. The interventions included sowing and plantation of native flora species.

Finally, regarding the implementation of a strawberry tree barrier to elevate owl’s flight, IP planted several hundred Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) in the micro-reserve B in an area of high level of owl mortality. This task was executed with help from volunteers, in the framework of Action E8. This plantation, besides its primary function, will contribute to the achievement of micro-reserve goals including promotion of autochthonous vegetation and butterflies (e.g. Charaxes jasius which larvae fed of this bush).

Micro-reserves are being maintained (there is the need of taking care of the growing plants and replace the ones that may die) during the total period of the Project and beyond it, since IP will keep it after the Project ends.


In charge of the action: IP

C.3 - Development and installation of vertical road traffic signs
Status: concluded
Start date: 01/10/2015
Conclusion date: 31/06/2018

This action consists in the installation of specific road signs to mark areas of high mortality of amphibians. The design of amphibian’s road sign was completed in 2016, the new road sign was approved by the National Authority for Road Safety and all 10 road signs were installed (6 amphibian road signs (2 pairs in EN114 and one par in EN4) and 4 general fauna road (in two locations on EN4).


In charge of the action: IP

C.4 - Mobile Application to promote the collect of mortality data
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/10/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/03/2021

This action involves work of defining features, development, testing and operation of a mobile application based on Android system to allow the expeditious collection of mortality data (georeferenced and photographed) by professional users and the general public as well as a dynamic link to the national data platform developed in A.2 action.

The mobile application is already developed, by a collaboration between IP and UEvora, and made available to the public in Google Play since July 2019. IP has promoted a press conference to publicize it, inviting the main TVs, radio and newspapers. The press conference had a huge positive impact: 44 news on national tv news, main and local radio stations, and national and local newspapers / magazines. Number of APP users exceeds the 700 and number of records the 800.

More information on how to download the APP in https://lifelines.uevora.pt/index.php/app-life-lines/


In charge of the action: UEVORA

C.5 - Testing devices for deterring avifauna landing in medium voltage lines
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/07/2020
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/03/2021

This action objective is to rehearse and evaluate the efficacy of the prototype developed in action A.6 to reduce the mortality of medium and large birds in medium voltage lines. The installation of the 64 poles (pylons) frames along 13km of intervened lines only started in December 2019 and is predicted to end by August 2020. Monitoring of ecological effectiveness, based on a BACI approach is being carried out under Action D.3 by the QUERCUS team with the support of UEVORA. This monitoring includes several volunteers besides the technical team. Pre-intervention monitoring data (October 2018 to June 2020) found 73 dead birds by collision or electrocution from 19 species.


In charge of the action: QUERCUS

C.6 - Development, essay and application of biodiverse grasslands to promote biodiversity in linear infrastructures
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/01/2016
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/12/2020

With this action we intend to develop seed mixtures of native plant species and with interest for conservation, for sowing on slopes of linear infrastructures to promote increased plant diversity of these structures. In addition to the promotion of floristic biodiversity, we intend to further ensure habitat promotion in favour of butterfly species that are targeted by the project.

Practical work includes the maintenance of plants in the greenhouse, harvest and /or processing of seeds to ensure project needs (shrub and seed production) and possible after-life needs. Biodiverse seed mixture was sowed in Autumn 2016 in roads and micro-reserves (ecotrails, N4 micro-reserves, and powerlines poles (these in 2017). During the spring 2019 and 2020, maintenance of plots and evaluation of species performance and sustainability was conducted. Spring 2021 period will allow collecting seeds for the post-life.

Results include 8 new protocols of species germination with conservation interest, 153 species with harvested seeds and 23 intervention essay areas.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

C.7 - Mitigation measures and potentiation of roads in Évora municipality
Status: concluded
Start date: 01/10/2015
Conclusion date: 31/06/2020

The action included tasks related to the structural adjustment on municipal road EM529, where the mortality of amphibians is high due to the absence of crossing solutions, and enhancement measures for similar hedge trimmers to C.2 of action, particularly in terms of invasive alien control and promotion of cores of shrubby and herbaceous vegetation (and in some sections also arboreal) which encourage its use as a sheltering element, refuge and / or dispersion for wildlife.

Areas of intervention covered by mitigation measures include 9kms of municipal roads parts and 21km of disabled railways (ecotrail).

Seven specific ACO tunnels and 666 m of barriers covering 9 passages (two existed culverts plus the seven new ACO tunnels) were installed by CME at two locations in Municipal Road EM529. After full installation of tunnels and barriers, small adjustments (often cement transversal walls) were made to correct for uneven ground surface and better guide small animals for safe passages. These were all concluded by April 2018. Additionally, one owl elevated flight barrier was also installed in EM529 in September 2019.

In the Évora ecotrail, UEVORA implemented the intervention plans previously prepared for 10 micro-reserves, including plantations of 25 shrub or tree species and complemented with plantations of 4 bulbous species. The plants used were provided by CME, MARCA and UEVORA. Sowing of native species was also carried out in plots installed in the micro-reserves. The seeds of the 42 herbaceous species used were harvested and cleaned by MARCA and UEVORA. Regarding invasive exotic flora species, CME carried out the control of Arundo donax for the consecutive years, according to the recommendations of UEVORA. In 8 plots (0.66 ha) the control of this species was made through improved methods by applying manual and mechanical cut, followed by rhizomes extraction using a backhoe, and soil sieving, to ensure the effective removal of the rhizomes. After this procedure, different native shrub and tree species were planted. In 4 reference plots (0.13 ha), the control of A. donax was made only by using the traditional cut method.

Regarding the new practices of vegetation management on verges, several meetings were conducted between partners on the best way to make compatible the conservation needs (minimize the impact of the current management practices on small fauna) and the new legislation (DL20/2018, 14 February) on fire prevention. These resulted in the application whenever possible of vegetation management measures on verges such as: no soil plowing have been generally considered in all roads; in verges crossing forest landscapes, when possible selective cutting only with vegetation maintenance purposes, otherwise, annual cutting of grassy and scrub vegetation leaving at least a 1m wide vegetation strip uncut or with a minimum height of 60 cm on the inner verge side, keeping important patches (endangered species habitats – orchids, Cabrera vole) untouched; in verges crossing open areas use as much as possible verges as biodiversity refuges.

Action main results are: 7 endemic flora species promoted (one of them only present in the seed mixture developed for the ecotrails); favoured habitat for 7 butterfly species; habitat for small mammals promoted due to bulbous flora species plantation; Arundo donax control (only invasive species well represented along the Évora Ecotrail).


In charge of the action: CME

C.8 - Mitigation measures and potentiation of roads in Montemor-o-Novo municipality
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/08/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 30/08/2020

This action integrated tasks related to the structural change of route along a stretch of municipal road EM535, where the mortality of micromammals and amphibians is high due to improper road verge management and absence of containment solutions (barriers) to prevent their motion to the road lane.

In total, 4.300 m of newly designed (in cooperation with CME) concrete barriers for amphibians, two ACO tunnels and two new concrete tunnels were installed. Additionally, two concrete dry ledges, for small fauna, not predicted in the proposal were built in a culvert that is often flooded. About 1km of canvas barriers were installed with the help of volunteers in the framework of action E.10. Regarding the new practices of vegetation management on verges, several meetings were conducted between partners on the best way to make compatible the conservation needs (minimize the impact of the current management practices on small fauna) and the new legislation (DL20/2018, 14 February) on fire prevention. These resulted in the application whenever possible of vegetation management measures on verges such as: no soil plowing have been generally considered in all roads; in verges crossing forest landscapes, when possible selective cutting only with vegetation maintenance purposes, otherwise, annual cutting of grassy and scrub vegetation leaving at least a 1m wide vegetation strip uncut or with a minimum height of 60 cm on the inner verge side, keeping important patches (endangered species habitats – orchids, Cabrera vole) untouched; in verges crossing open areas use as much as possible verges as biodiversity refuges.

Additionally, to maximize results, CMMN has been increasing the awareness, involvement and training of fuel management personnel, as well as about the control of exotic invasive species. Concerning the Montemor-o-Novo ecotrail, several tasks were carried out, namely the installation of biodiverse sowings, and planting of shrubs for butterflies and other pollinators to promote biodiversity, as well as the reinforcement of plantations in micro-reserves. Additionally, the work aimed at the selective cutting of vegetation including invasive alien plants in the Montemor-o-Novo ecotrail will run until the end of August 2020, concluding the action.


In charge of the action: CMMN

C.9 - Operations in plant nursery to the conservation actions
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/01/2017
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

The work of this action gives continuity to the A.5 action, under which the nursery facility was installed, aiming to address over the project period, the plant needs (woody and herbaceous) and seeds (when applicable) required for other conservation work planned in C. actions.

The nursery is fully operational, having produced, since the beginning of the project, more than 6000 plants (trees and shrubs) of 70 different native species, and about 22000 seeds, being germinating around 6370 plants of 56 different species, including bulbs of 5 species.

The activity of the nursery has focused on the production of plants for the implementation phase of the project, as well as for the post-project phase. At this moment work is being developed to ensure the sustainability of the project in the post-project phase, namely developing communication to reach the niche market of native plants at the national level, both for nature conservation and implementation of green spaces adapted to climate change.


In charge of the action: MARCA-ADL

C.10 - Promotion of “islands” of Biodiversity along the power lines
Status: concluded
Start date: 01/07/2016
Conclusion date: 31/12/2018

This action aimed to enhance landscape connectivity, by creating demonstration plots (micro-reserves) in the base of sequential power lines poles, where native flora species were promoted, providing also habitat for target small mammals and butterfly species, thus constituting stepping-stones for fauna in a largely dominated agriculture landscape.

Ten plots were intervened and other 5 were used as references. These were subjected to distinct types of interventions, including fencing to prevent livestock grazing, sowing and planting of native herbaceous species and shrubs (namely using the biodiverse seed mixture developed in the scope of Action C.6), and the construction of a pond. A total area of 720 m2 was intervened. If the implemented measures prove to be efficient, they can be replicated on a wider scale, and easily implemented by companies responsible for the management of electrical infrastructures, without a significant increase in operating costs, but certainly with high benefits for biodiversity conservation. Overall, the measures implemented promoted a total of 18 flora and fauna species with conservation interest: 9 flora species (e.g. Calicotome villosa - restricted distribution in Portugal; Silene scabriflora - endemic from the Iberian Peninsula and northwest of Morocco); 2 species of small mammals - Talpa occidentalis and Microtus duodecimcostatus; and 7 butterfly species (e.g. Vanessa cardui, Thymelicus lineola, Melanargia ines).


In charge of the action: UEVORA

D.1 - Monitoring / evaluation of socio-economic effects of the project
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/01/2016
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

With the tasks of the action required through the LIFE program to evaluate the socio-economic effects of the project on the economy and population.

The expenses incurred by all the partners within the project will be analysed, and subsequently evaluated and quantified (where possible) the direct and indirect benefits resulting from them for local communities (and possibly for external communities).

The indicators (n=17) include typologies such as: Dynamic of local companies (e.g. Budget spent on hiring local companies); Employment and training (e.g. Number of direct jobs created with the activities of the project); and Synergies and leverage (e.g. Number of other LIFE projects with which the project team collaborates regularly).

It is also planned to conduct questionnaires to partner agents and project monitoring committee, as well as to entities associated with the work of the project, to evaluate changes in perception and behaviour, after their participation / collaboration in the project. These questionnaires are being prepared for future implementation.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

D.2 - Monitoring / evaluation effects of the project on ecosystem functions
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/07/2018
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

Tasks of the action required by the LIFE program, aiming to assess the effects of the project on ecosystem functions related to the execution of the work.

So far, we have performed the compilation of information concerning ecosystem services in the context of project landscape and actions and evaluating the use TESSA (Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment) as the main analysis tool. Most relevant services to assess seem to be related with Regulation and Maintenance (landscape functional connectivity, Invasive Alien Control, Pest Control, Seed Dispersal) and Cultural (Recreation and community activities, Information and knowledge).

It is also planned to conduct questionnaires to elements of the local population and visitors who use the ecotrails, to evaluate changes in perception about the local faunistic and floristic values, as well as on the existing threats to the presence of invasive flora. The questionnaires are being applied and are expected to be analyzed by the end of the last quarter of 2020.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

D.3 - Monitoring / evaluation of the effects / impacts of conservation measures
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/07/2016
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

This action is divided into D.3.1 MONITORING ROADKILL AND MITIGATION MEASURES CONNECTIVITY, D.3.2 - MONITORING OF PROTOTYPE OF EFFICIENCY (A.4 ACTIONS, C.4 and C.5) and D.3.3 - MONITORING AND FLORA VEGETATION AND MICRO RAILS INTERVENED AND THE MICRORESERVAS.

Monitoring will be based on a methodology BACI (Before-After-Control-Impact), comparing the results in areas before (action A.1) and after the intervention and using similar control areas (no intervention) (D.3.1 and D .3.3).

The spring season will be, for most of the fauna target groups, the more appropriate season to perform the surveys. So, because most of the conservation actions were finished in the winter of 2018, monitoring results will be collected for two years allowing inter-annual evaluation. Moreover, roadkills (an important indicator for evaluating the success of several conservation measures) are being monitored by IP on a weekly basis since October 2016 (to monitor the effect of road verges vegetation cutting and mowing on roadkills) and by UE, on a daily basis, since October 2017, after dry ledges on culverts have been built. The monitoring of the flora actions was mostly accomplished.

On-going monitoring task includes roadkill monitoring until the end of the project, an additional autumn/winter season of monitoring barriers, passages and road in EM529 and EM529 directed to amphibians, an autumn campaign of owl capturing and GPS tracking, the monitoring of the mortality of medium and large birds in medium voltage lines (action C.5.), and flora monitoring in some plots and interventions of invasive plants control in august/september 2020 and Spring 2021.

Although monitoring results are at the moment being analysed, some results can be identified. Globally, road interventions are working on promoting fauna biodiversity. Carnivores cross more often when culverts are not flooded showing the importance of the built dry ledges and placement of fences. There was an increase in richness and abundance of small mammals and butterflies in the microreserves under the poles and in the EN4 microreserve. There was a significant reduction in the nº of roadkilled amphibians were the barriers were installed. The microreserves registered an increase in the diversity and richness of native flora species, the biodiverse seed mixtures have been successful both in ecotrails and road verges. Arundo donax has been successfully controlled in some areas increasing the richness and diversity of native species.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

E.1 - Communication Plan - Project website
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/08/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021 

This action will create the project website for its presentation, dissemination developed activities and publication of various materials.

The website has been online since October 2015 in Portuguese and English. Over the years it underwent several changes, in order to make information more accessible and updated as possible to all who visit it. The website has been updated 208 times, averaging 236 monthly users.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

E.2 - Communication Plan – Outdoors in the intervention areas
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/10/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021 

The work of this action is to ensure greater visibility to the intervened areas of work of the project and ensure the dissemination of the support provided to them by the LIFE + program, meeting the required financing needs.

Thus, 1 large and 52 small placards were placed in the project's intervention area. It is also planned to place more placards next to the tasks in completion, namely with the places of implementation of the dissuasion devices of avifauna in medium voltage lines and the fences and set nets in the format "L" in IP2.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

E.3 - Communication Plan - Public disclosure sessions and contacts with the media
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/08/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

This action is designed to ensure a broader communication and dissemination of the objectives, development and results of the project as well as the support provided to them by the LIFE + program, with the general public.

LIFE LINES has been increasing the national and local dissemination of the project to the media. So far it has more than 600 news and references about the project on national television, radio (broadcast and online), newspapers (online and paper), institutional websites and social networks. More information available on the News tab.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

E.4 - Communication Plan - Complementary works and materials
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/08/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

he work frames of this action are aimed at producing a set of complementary audiovisual materials, to support the communication activities of Communication Plan established in E.3 action.

In this context, short videos have been produced and radio broadcasts have been issued on various topics addressed by the project, and a documentary is being made that will be issued in a national TV channel in early 2021. So far 16 teasers, 11 thematic videos and 1 tutorial (see Gallery/Videos) have been finalized and 60 radio rubrics issued (see Documentation/LIFE LINES in FM).


In charge of the action: UA

E.5 - Awareness and involvement of the academic community in collecting information/data.
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/08/2016
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

The tasks regarding this action aimed at raising awareness of the academic communities of UEVORA, FCUP and AU to the theme of the project and the importance of collecting and forwarding data to the structured national platform under A.2 action, either through own work and / or through the use of mobile application produced under the action C.4. They aim to attract and support the realization of graduate theses (Masters and PhD) prepared based on data obtained in the project.

In this context, actions have been carried out to disseminate the project and the importance of mortality records to university students. Regarding the postgraduate theses in the scope of the project, 2 doctoral theses are taking place and 6 master's theses have already been completed (see more in Documentation/Publications).


In charge of the action: UEVORA

E.6 - Training / Dissemination with the stakeholders
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/01/2018
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021 

The tasks regarding this action aim to enhance the replication of the project results and thus contribute to their demonstration purposes. Is intended to achieve the same a set of predefined target audiences, it is recognized to have interest in the issues addressed and to use the developments and results of the project in the context of their professional activity.

So far, a workshop has been held for the military of the Republican National Guard (GNR) of the Central Alentejo region, on the importance of the roadkill fauna mortality recording for biodiversity conservation and road safety; 2 workshops on control of invasive alien plant species directed at IP technicians; 1 workshop for IP technicians (Mobile Inspection and Support Units) who monitor roads and collect roadkill data. More workshops and best practices manuals are being prepared on: planning and application of mitigation measures in municipal communication routes; dissemination/replication of habitat management and control measures of invasive exotic plants; vegetation management and promotion of flora biodiversity.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

E.7 - Networking with other LIFE and not LIFE projects
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/02/2016
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

This action is intended to ensure a series of contacts with the respective beneficiaries to exchange experiences and information that contribute to the successful development of the proposed project, to improve the effectiveness of their results, and to further spread.

In this context, LIFE LINES invited a team of experts (5) on the theme of the ecology of linear infrastructures to visit the project and discuss some ideas, has participated in meetings with other LIFE projects and not LIFE for exchange of experiences (8), has held oral communications and participated in seminars and congresses (12).


In charge of the action: UEVORA

E.8 - Volunteer Program for young people
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/10/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/125/2020 

The tasks of this action seek to involve local communities as well as external stakeholder groups in the pursuit and implementation of conservation task that by not requiring skilled labour, can be helped by volunteers.

Up to now, 98 volunteer activities have been carried out with various groups of volunteers (children, young people and adults), with more than 2700 participants. The activities carried out consisted of sowing, stifle, transplanting and seed collection of native flora species and control of invasive alien species.


In charge of the action: MARCA-ADL

E.9 - Technical seminars to present the developments and results of the project
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/06/2016
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/03/2021

The tasks regarding this action are intended to ensure communication, technical and scientific discussion, dissemination of the objectives and results of the project as well as the support provided to them by the LIFE + program, with specialised public in a European wide context including representatives of organizations with responsibility cool in the areas of labour, management companies, NGO's, researchers and technicians in general.

In this context, two seminars on the project were held (2 June 2016 and 9 May 2018) and one to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Life projects, bringing together several life project teams from southern Portugal in Évora. The International Conference IENE2020, postponed to 12-14 January 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is being prepared.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

E.10 - “Adopt a road”, environmental educational/awareness program with local schools
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/09/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/12/2020

During the Project, several environmental awareness actions have been carried out, such as field trips directed at all ages (e.g., "Quiet Days" Activity), holiday camps for children and young people and activities at the Center for Environmental Interpretation of Baldios (Montemor-o-Novo) rehabilitated under the LIFE LINES. To date, more than 2700 children and young people have been involved in these activities. Among the outputs produced in this action is the T-shirt of the program "Adopts a Road", a brochure and an exclusive edition of the publication of the municipality of Montemor-o-Novo dedicated to the program, which is scheduled to be made in 2020.


In charge of the action: CMMN

E.11 - Layman Report
Status: yet to start
Foreseen start date: 01/01/2020
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2020

In the final months of the project will be drafted the report for the Laity / Layman Report, which aims to ensure communication and dissemination of the objectives, development and results of the project for a broad and non-specialist audience.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

F.1 - Project management
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/08/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

This action aims the creation and operation of a management structure to guarantee the proper execution of the project to ensure the objectives of the project and to respond to project management funded under the LIFE program. Management structure including the Project coordination (CP), Technical Committee to support project management (CTAG), Management Committee (CG), and Scientific Monitoring Committee (CA) were implemented at the beginning of the project and are working accordingly.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

F.2 - Compilation and Structuring the Indicators of Development of the project
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/08/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

In addition to being an obligation to a project financed through LIFE+, the compilation and structuring of Project Development Indicators is a good management practice by objectives, which will allow at all times to identify any gaps or deviations and propose the necessary adjustments.

A total of 163 indicators are updated regularly, with 43% above the expected, 16% have been achieved as expected, 22% are yet to be fully met and 19% are not yet applicable.

To see the full list and status of project indicators see the "List of progress indicators" box on the project website.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

F.3 - External audit
Status: in progress
Start date: 01/09/2015
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

The task regarding this action aims to check the financial implementation of the project compliance with the LIFE + requirements.


In charge of the action: UEVORA

F.4 - Conservation Plan and Post-LIFE Communication
Status: yet to start
Foreseen start date: 01/01/2020
Foreseen conclusion date: 31/05/2021

The task regarding this action aims to draft a "Communication Plan and Post-LIFE Conservation" which will also respond to obligations of the beneficiaries of a LIFE + Biodiversity project.

This plan should clearly and operationally identify a set of objectives, actions and measures necessary for the continuation of conservation and dissemination of results and conservation work in the post-project period, as well as the means necessary for its implementation and the sources of internal or external funding to be allocated for such purposes.


In charge of the action: UEVORA