Project - Action to limit the spread of invasive species introduced into the Mediterranean

Description


Description (EN): The issue of invasive exotic species is emerging and still poorly defined, although it has been recognised as the second cause of loss of biodiversity. These species do not know borders, and current ways of life increase their risk of being introduced. Some of these pose a threat to the economy and to health. Their propagation threatens hotspots of Mediterranean biodiversity, sensitive areas and, in particular, certain Natura 2020 sites near to introduction areas (ports, airports, etc.). To respond to this evolving phenomenon, in the difficult context of climate change, all we have available for this fight are limited means that do not respect the environment. No formalised collaboration instrument exists in the cross-border area, which could be reporting of a potential risk or the exchange of information for preventing and fighting against these species. The project proposes to respond to this situation by conceiving and creating the necessary instruments for the cooperation that is so needed, to guarantee the effectiveness of the initiatives undertaken in the domain of knowledge, experimentation and management. It proposes a governance that involves institutional partners that represent the territories, whose decisions will be based on a method of interaction between policy makers and scientists, by establishing a cross-border observatory for flora and fauna. In the form of a web platform, and thanks to a dedicated communication plan, this instrument will enable improved public actions that each citizen can make their own through shared science interventions. An inter-institutional collaboration agreement, signed before the start of the project, ensures the continuity over time of the cross-border network and the instruments developed. This establishes the framework of the common elements in play, ensures the coherence of the actions and enables an impact on the five regional territories.
Description: La problematica delle specie esotiche invasive è emergente e ancora mal circoscritta, nonostante sia stata riconosciuta come la seconda causa di perdita della biodiversità. Queste specie non conoscono frontiere, e le modalità attuali di vita aumentano il loro rischio di introduzione. Alcune costituiscono una minaccia per l’economia e la salute. La loro propagazione minaccia i hotspots di biodiversità mediterranea, le aree sensibili e, in particolare, alcuni siti Natura 2000 vicini alle zone di introduzione (porti, aeroporti…). Per rispondere a questo fenomeno in evoluzione, nel difficile contesto di cambiamento climatico, non si dispone per lottare che di mezzi limitati o poco rispettosi dell’ambiente. Nessuno strumento formalizzato di collaborazione esiste nella zona transfrontaliera, a partire dalla segnalazione di una minaccia potenziale fino allo scambio d’informazioni per la prevenzione e la lotta. Il progetto si propone di rispondere a questa situazione ideando e realizzando gli strumenti necessari all’indispensabile cooperazione, a garanzia dell’efficacia delle iniziative intraprese nel dominio della conoscenza, della sperimentazione e della gestione. Esso propone una governance che coinvolge i partner istituzionali rappresentativi dei territori, le cui decisioni si baseranno su una metodologia di interazione fra decisori e scienziati, mediante la strutturazione di un osservatorio transfrontaliero per la fauna e flora. Sotto forma di una piattaforma web, e grazie a un piano di comunicazione dedicato, questo strumento permetterà un’azione pubblica migliorata che ogni cittadino potrà far propria attraverso interventi di scienza partecipata. Un accordo di collaborazione interistituzionale, siglato prima l’inizio del progetto, garantisce la continuità nel tempo della rete transfrontaliera e degli strumenti sviluppati. Esso stabilisce il quadro degli elementi comuni in gioco, assicura la coerenza delle azioni e permette una ricaduta sui cinque territori regionali.
Description: La problématique des espèces exotiques envahissantes et émergente est encore mal délimitée, bien qu’étant reconnue comme la 2ème cause de perte de biodiversité. Ces espèces ne connaissent pas de frontière, et les modes de vie actuels augmentent leur risque d’introduction. Certaines constituent également une menace importante pour l’économie et la santé. Leur propagation rapide menace nos hotspots de biodiversité méditerranéenne, les espaces sensibles et en particulier certains sites Natura 2000 proches des zones d’introduction (ports, aéroports…). Pour répondre à ce phénomène d’évolution rapide, dans un contexte difficile de changements climatiques, on ne dispose pour lutter que de moyens limités ou peu respectueux de l’environnement. Aucun moyen collaboratif formalisé n’existe dans la zone transfrontalière, depuis la détection d’une menace potentielle jusqu’à l’échange d’information sur la prévention et la lutte. Le projet ALIEM propose de répondre à cette situation préoccupante, en concevant et mettant en œuvre les outils nécessaires à une coopération transfrontalière indispensable, garante de l’efficacité des initiatives prises dans le domaine de la connaissance, de l’expérimentation et de la gestion. Il propose une nécessaire gouvernance impliquant des partenaires institutionnels représentatifs des territoires, dont les décisions reposeront sur une méthodologie interactive entre décideurs et scientifiques, à travers la structuration d’un observatoire transfrontalier faune/flore. Sous la forme d’une plateforme web, et grâce à un plan de communication dédié, cet outil permettra une action publique améliorée que chaque citoyen pourra s’approprier via des actions de science participative. Un accord de collaboration interinstitutionnel, signé en amont du projet, acte la pérennité du réseau transfrontalier et des outils développés. Il pose le cadre des enjeux communs, assure la cohérence des actions, et permettra un impact significatif sur les 5 territoires régionaux.

Thematic Information


Thematics: Climate change and biodiversity  Governance, partnership  
Specific Objective: Improve the effectiveness of public actions to preserve, protect, promote and develop natural and cultural heritage of the cooperation area
Thematic Objective: (6) preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency by:
Investment Priority: (6c) conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage


Project Summary


Project name (EN): Action to limit the spread of invasive species introduced into the Mediterranean
Project name: Action pour Limiter les risques de diffusion des espèces Introduites Envahissantes en Méditerranée
Project acronym: ALIEM

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2017-06-26

Web: http://interreg-maritime.eu/

Project start date: 2017-01-16
Project end date: 2020-01-15
Project status: Ongoing

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 1.842.074,78
European Union funding: EUR 1.565.763,56

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Lead Partner (EN): Office de l''Environnement de la Corse
Lead Partner: Office de l''Environnement de la Corse
Address: Bonifacio, France
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Address: Genova, Italy
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Address: Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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Address: Hyères, France
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Address: Sassari, Italy
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Address: Genova, Italy
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Address: Sassari, Italy
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Address: Toulon, France
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