About the project

Project Title: Awareness, training and measures on invasive alien species in forests

Project Code: LIFE15 GIE/SI/000770

Start of the project: 7th July 2016

End of the project: 31st October 2020

Project website: tujerodne-vrste.info

Coordinating Beneficiary: Slovenian Forestry Institute

Associated beneficiaries: Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, Slovenia Forest Service, Institute Symbiosis, social enterprise

The goal of the project LIFE ARTEMIS is to contribute to the reduction of the harmful impacts of invasive alien species on biodiversity by increasing public awareness and by setting up an effective early warning and rapid response framework for invasive alien species in forests.
Project objectives to be achieved by the project are:
1. Increase awareness of the general public, in particularly of private forest owners, of threats caused by invasive alien species to forests.
2. Establish an efficient national institutional framework for early detection and rapid response for alien species in forests.
3. Improve the national capacity for early detection of alien species in forests by mobilising and training professionals and volunteers.

Project LIFE ARTEMIS is a communication project, supported by the LIFE Programme Environment, sub-Programme  LIFE Environmental Governance & Information. The focus of the project is capacity development and awareness raising on alien species, in particular for the professional foresters, private forest owners, as well as for adult citizens and youth.

Project activities

Preparatory actions
A1. Project Communication Plan
A2. Establishment of the early warning and rapid response (EWRR) institutional framework
A3 Development of the EWRR Training Programme

B. Core actions 
B1 National awareness raising campaign on IAS
B2 EWRR training of professionals and volunteers
B3 Engaging foresters and citizens scientists in collecting IAS data
B4 Involving volunteers in the management of invasive alien plants in urban forests
B5 Canker of maple awareness campaign

C. Monitoring of project impact 
C1 Monitoring of project visibility and trends in public attitudes towards IAS
C2 Evaluating the effectiveness of EWRR system

D. Communication and dissemination of the project and its results
D1 Dissemination of project results to the general public
D2 International conference on EWRR
D3 Replicability and transferability plan

E. Project management 
E1 Coordination and administration of the project