Innovation: Monitoring Of Insects With Public Participation

Last update: 30.10.2013
Approved by
Coordinator
Is this your eco-innovation?
Update here.
Demo
Case studies in: 
Keywords: 
monitoring‚ public participation‚ on-line service‚ habitats directive, conservation status, education, saproxylics, invertabrates
The LIFE + Nature project "Monitoring of insects with public partecipation" (MIPP) has the main aim to develop and test standardized monitoring methods for the assessment of the conservation status of insect species listed in the annexes of the Habitats Directive.

The species considered are: Osmoderma eremita s.l., Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, Rosalia alpina, Morimus funereus.

The main purpose of the web portal (http://lifemipp.eu) is to collect and display faunistic data collected from citizens concerning the presence of the above species and of the species Lopinga achine, Parnassius apollo, Saga pedo, Zerynthia polyxena, which are also included in the annexes of the Habitats Directive

PROJECT GOALS:

The main objective of the project MIPP is to develop and test methods for the monitoring of five beetle species listed in the Annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive (Osmoderma eremita, Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, Rosalia alpina, Morimus funereus). The development of these methods is necessary because the Habitats Directive specifies that Member States shall report every six years on the conservation status of the species listed in the Annexes. Only a standardized monitoring program, using appropriate methods, guarantees the collection of comparable data.

The project MIPP will test methods based on direct observations, genetic analyses and on trapping. For the monitoring of Osmoderma eremita, a dog (?osmo-dog?) will be trained to locate the characteristic scent of the pheromone emitted by this beetle, also with the aim to identify as more as possible new Italian localities of occurrence for this species.

A second objective of the project is the collection of faunistic data, gathered by citizens, via the web. The data can also be collected via a smartphone application.

Another component of this LIFE+ project is to inform and educate the public on issues such as Natura 2000, Habitats Directive, and monitoring and saproxylic insects.

The ?osmo-dog?, in addition to being used for the monitoring of Osmoderma eremita, will serve as a "curiosity", to draw attention to this rare beetle and to the issues mentioned above.
The main objectives of the project are:

1. To develop an official protocol, approved by the region of Lombardy, based on the methods that have been implemented to monitor populations of insects listed in annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive ( *Osmoderma eremita s.l., Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, *Rosalia alpina and Morimus funereus ). Such a protocol is the only reliable standard for estimating population size, threat level and conservation status;

2. To implement a web-based survey system for the collection of data on insect species ( Lucanus cervus, *Rosalia alpina, Cerambyx cerdo, *Osmoderma eremita, Lopinga achine, Parnassius apollo, Saga pedo and Zerynthia polyxena ) that are included in the annexes of the Habitats Directive;

3. To inform and educate the general public on different issues, such as the Natura 2000 network, the Habitats Directive, monitoring and saproxylic (dead wood) insects.


Expected results

1. Drafting of a protocol, with a standard monitoring system for target insect populations ( *Osmoderma eremita s.l., Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, *Rosalia alpina , and Morimus funereus );

2. Approval and inclusion of the protocol in the Regional Directives;

3. Creation of a website (http://lifemipp.eu) for the collection of data on eight target species of insects included in the annexes of the Habitats Directive;

4. Drafting of monitoring guidelines; and

5. Publication in international scientific journals of results of data analysis.
The protocols for the monitoring of populations of insects listed in annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive will be tested and compared in 5 reserves of the National Forest Service and the protocols will be finalized in 2017.

The website is active (http://lifemipp.eu) and observations of the selected species can be reported by everyone.

A dog is currently being trained to detect the rare beetle Osmoderma eremita by scent.

An educational booklet for secondary schools will be published in 2013 and will explain topics such as: Natura 2000 Network, Habitats Directive, Saproxylic species, monitoring, ecc.

This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Monitoring Of Insects With Public Participation

Acronym: 
MIPP

Runtime: 
01.10.2012 to 30.09.2017

Status: 
on-going project

Organisations and people involved in this eco-innovation.

Please click on an entry to view all contact details.

CORPO FORESTALE DELLO STATO

Field: Forestry and logging, Landscape service activities, Education (Italy)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Mr. MASON Franco

Website: http://www.corpoforestale.it

Contact

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, AGROBIOLOGY AND PEDOLOGY RESEARCH CENTRE

Field: Agriculture, Scientific research and development, Education (Italy)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Dr. ROVERSI Pio Federico

Website: http://abp.entecra.it/

Contact

MINISTERO DELL'AMBIENTE E DELLA TUTELA DEL TERRITORIO E DEL MARE

Field: Private and public administration (Italy)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Dr. FARINA Luisa

Website: http://www.minambiente.it/

Contact

REGIONE LOMBARDIA - DG AMBIENTE, ENERGIA E SVILUPPO SOSTENIBILE STRUTTURA VALORIZZAZIONE AREE PROTETTE E BIODIVERSITÀ

Field: Agriculture, Forestry and logging, Private and public administration (Italy)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Dr. RAMPA Anna

Contact

ROMA TRE UNIVERSITY, DEPT. SCIENCE

Field: Scientific research and development, Education (Italy)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Prof. BOLOGNA Marco Alberto

Website: http://www.uniroma3.it/

Contact

SAPIENZA UNIVERSITY OF ROME, DEPT. BIOLOGY AND BIOTECNOLOGY

Field: Scientific research and development, Education (Italy)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Prof. AUDISIO Paolo

Website: http://bbcd.bio.uniroma1.it/bbcd/

Contact