Establishing control of Ailanthus in protected habitats of two Natura 2000 sites and historic cities of Mediterranean Croatia
The LIFE CONTRA Ailanthus team plans to establish control of Ailanthus in protected habitats of two Natura 2000 sites and historic cities of Mediterranean Croatia.
This will be achieved through targeted eradication actions in protected habitat types and along corridors and sources of spread, regular monitoring; establishment of national protocol, and expanding the current legislation to support these aims. The habitat types were chosen for this project because of their importance at the EU level and their severity of Ailanthus infestation.
We will also develop and test an alternative, environmentally safe protocol of Ailanthus eradication, conduct activities to increase the public awareness of the invasive alien species, and run technical workshops to increase IAS management capacity at the national level.
The expected outcomes of project LIFE CONTRA Ailanthus:
The conservation status directly improved or decline halted for targeted Natura 2000 habitats,
The source of future introductions and spread of Ailanthus mitigated,
The preservation of cultural heritage sites improved,
Increased capacity for IAS control,
Established national protocol and legislative,
Established early detection and rapid response network,
Raised public awareness and knowledge on Ailanthus and other IAS,