MECO PROJECT BASES FOR THE INTEGRATED SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF MEDITERRANEAN SENSITIVE COASTAL ECOSYSTEM
 

METODOLOGY and ONGOING  ACTIVITIES 
Task 1 Geography
    GEOGRAPHICAL CHARACTERISATION OF STUDY SITES
    THE PROPOSED WORKPLAN   

    Land- cover survey with emphasis on: 

    Workplan 
    •  A comprehensive review of available literature
    •  Thorough field-investigation to highlight geophysical components and all major ecological communities with review areas
    •  Highlight existing and potential conflicts
               - Significant anthropogenic features such as existing and potential land-use conflicts 
                      occurring within the study-areas will be analysed: 
               - urbanisation 
               - agricultural practices 
               - tourism-related development and activities 
               - use of freshwater resources 
               - etcetera 
               - All areas and habitats of importance, and any human activities deemed to case  an   impact on the study area/s will be identified and categorised. Where possible pressures 
    will be quantified. 
     
    •  Conservation  categorisation
    - Make recommendation on conservation measures, in accordance with existing national    planning policies/other environment-related legislation and regulations, and where possible, with international guidelines established by The World Conservation Union (IUCN) 
    - Where relevant, parallels will be drawn with EU environmental directives guidelines 
    - Special reference will be made to national Red Data lists for the countries under review, in addition, species will be categorised as appropriate. 
    •  Identify and evaluate appropriate sites for public use, outlining, in socio-economic terms, an interpretation strategy for such sites.
    •  Will follow procedural steps for environmental planning and management goals, i.e. survey, analysis and plan based directly on the case-studies, the study shall identify:
    - inputs socio-economic trends; conservation needs; and, land-use relationships 
    - outputs recommendations; and, management strategies