Actions A – Implementation Actions

A.1 – Co-Definition of Joint Volunteering Program and Preparation of Individual Volunteering Plans
This action contemplates the development of a variety of preparatory activities identified as required a good implementation and execution of the objectives outlined in the reception of volunteers from the European Solidarity Corps and to obtain the best results in the activities developed by these volunteers, namely tasks of nature conservation.

A.2 – Updating information on concrete Conservation Areas and Detailing Conservation Activities/Tasks
The work of this action focuses on a simple assessment and updating of the conditions expected on the ground with regard to the work of ESC volunteers and the most appropriate conservation activities to be carried out in the areas of intervention.

For more information consult the Action Plan, click HERE.

A.3 – Joint Volunteering Program for integration of ESC with Nature and Biodiversity Conservation
This action seeks the design, testing and evaluation of a new joint volunteering program, that seeks to leverage the solid experience and know-how of the participating beneficiaries with management of volunteers for nature and biodiversity conservation purposes, under a diverse range of settings and with a broad group of target audiences.

A.4 – Volunteering for awareness-raising on natural capital protection, conservation and enhancement
In this action, ESC volunteers will work on awareness activities on the protection, conservation and enhancement of natural capital and on the benefits and opportunities that may arise, carried out for different target audiences: companies, stakeholders, entrepreneurs/start-ups and student’s secondary education.

A.5 – Volunteering Activities for Green Infrastructure within the Municipality of Montemor-o-Novo
This action will explore the articulation between volunteering actions of project LIFE14 NAT/PT/001081 (LIFE LINES) that has a specific intervention area and volunteering actions which are coordinated by MARCA with the use of ESC volunteers, in complementary interventions areas, within the N2000 sites and buffer zones located in the Montemor-o-Novo council, south of Portugal.

A.6 – Volunteering Activities for improvement of nature and biodiversity conservation in private land
This action will anchor on the current experience MONTIS has with management of volunteers to increase the frequency and number of activities as well as, given recent agreements for management of additional areas, the enlargement of the geographical scope covered by volunteering works.

A.7 – Volunteering Activities for nature conservation within the Municipality of Torres Vedras
This action will explore a new model for combining the work of ESC volunteers with that from an existing local volunteer bank of Municipio de Torres Vedras (MTV), the works done will allow MTV to test and assess the usefulness of enlarging the use of volunteers, at the local level, for activities dealing with nature and biodiversity conservation.

A.8 – Volunteer Programs for Native Habitats Restoration, Promotion and Conservation and Management of Visitation Impacts
In this action, ESC volunteers are involved in skills dedicated to the restoration, promotion and conservation of native habitats, in coordination with Plantar uma Árvore and as teams of external entities operating on the ground. It will also be developed in a volunteer program that will involve the local community, focused on improved conservation objectives.

A.9 – Volunteering Activities for nature conservation along the Rota Vicentina Nature Trail
This action will explore a new model for combining the work of ESC volunteers with the needs to promote and maintain sustainable nature tourism along the Rota Vicentina Nature Trail. This action allows RV to test and assess the potential of hosting ESC volunteers for undertaking field task needed to ensure a higher compatibility between tourism and nature and biodiversity conservation.

A.10 – Volunteering Activities for Bird Conservation
Volunteers to be deployed by SPEA under this action will involve in participating in several concrete conservation, monitoring and environmental education and awareness raising works, in intervention areas where SPEA promotes work, including mainland Portugal (Berlengas and Sesimbra) and in Azores. The volunteers will contribute for the implementation of the “Ilhas Berlengas” SAC and for the After-LIFE plan of LIFE BERLENGAS (LIFE13/NAT/PT/00458).

A.11 – Volunteering Activities for Conservation of Riparian/Aquatic Habitats within the Regional Structure for Environmental Protection and Conservation
This action will explore the potential for combining the work of ESC volunteers with the needs to promote the good ecological status of riparian habitats, in a way that creates synergies with implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive. The works will feed on an extensively recognized volunteering program that APA-ARHALG manages for years and which has focused its attention on volunteering for water, in a broad and wider sense.

Actions B – Actions of communication and awareness rising

B.1 – Definition and Implementation of Communication Program
This action will anchor on the experience from the staff of MONTIS with former design and management of LIFE projects (and on the support of other partner’s identical experience, such as SPEA and MARCA) for deployment for a set of communication activities that are common to LIFE funded projects, jointly set under the Project’s Communication Program.

For more information regarding the Communication Plan, click HERE.

B.2 – Production and Deployment of Teaser(s) to Raise Awareness and Engage ESC Volunteers
This action will work closely with some communication tools developed/implemented under actions B.1, but has for direct purpose promoting an awareness campaign to attract the target audiences of the project and engage potential ESC volunteers to assist the project beneficiaries on tasks related to environmental protection, nature conservation and restoration of natural areas and ecosystems foreseen under actions A.3 to A.11.

B.3 – Production and Deployment of TV Series for Dissemination, Replication and Transfer
This action has for main aim the post-project success and sustainability/continuity of identical works after the project ends. Also, given the specific scope of a LIFE PREP call, it addresses with a major emphasis the goal of transferring and/or replicating the project’s outputs to other geographical settings and/or stakeholders, so that it improves its contribution to enlarge and leverage additional results regarding ESC volunteering for nature conservation.

B.4 – Networking with other LIFE projects/teams
Following the obligations and good practices for knowledge exchange and cooperation among projects funded by LIFE, this action will include a set of networking activities between the project’s beneficiaries and those of other ongoing or concluded LIFE projects.

Actions C – Project management and monitoring of the project progress

C.1 – Overall Project, Partnership and Stakeholder Management
This action aims at ensuring the duties associated to internal project management, reporting and general communication, including the participation in the kick-off meeting. It embraces internal work within a project coordination team, as well as reporting and communication with EASME/Commission and the LIFE monitoring Team.

C.2 – Overall Management of the ESC Volunteering Cycle
This action works and tasks are related to the needs established by the principles and charter of the European Solidarity Corps, and, in a more general way, to the good practices that are commonly recognized as needed to ensure a good management of volunteers.

C.3 – External Audit
This action has for target the nomination of an independent auditor by MONTIS, with the aim of verification of the financial statements provided to the Commission.

C.4 – Monitoring project outputs and impact in LIFE performance Indicators and the local socio-economy
This action has the purpose of monitoring, assessing and reporting to EASME the outputs and impact of the project taking into account the LIFE Performance Indicators.

C.5 – Drafting and delivering the After-LIFE Plan
This action will anchor on the experience of the project manager to be recruited by MONTIS with former design and management of LIFE projects (and the support of other partner’s identical experience, such as SPEA and MARCA) for deployment of an After-LIFE Plan, jointly with the Project’s Final Report (action C.1).