A workshop on the Favourable Reference Values for Oroklini’s key species - June '12

BirdLife Cyprus -as the partner responsible for the implementation of this action- organised a 2-day workshop on the methodology for the calculation of the Favourable Reference Values (FRVs) for bird species. The aim of the workshop was to work out a methodology that will contribute to setting a clear target framework in the form of Favourable Reference Values (FRVs) for achieving Favourable Conservation Status (FCS) for Oroklini Lake. The workshop was organised as part of the LIFE+ project “Restoration and Management of Oroklini Lake” and was focused on the FRVs for Oroklini’s qualifying species.

Experts from BirdLife partners (BirdLife International, BirdLife Italy and BirdLife Greece), officers from project partners and Cyprus National Authorities (Game and Fauna Service, Environment Department, Department of Forests), and other stakeholders participated in the workshop that was hosted at Lordos Beach Hotel, Larnaca on 21 & 22 June 2012. The workshop was very useful for the participants and also a great start for the project partners to begin concrete work on achieving the target for the LIFE Oroklini project – to bring the SPA of the lake to a Favourable Conservation Status.

At the workshop participants discussed the pros and cons of the different methodologies available and decided that BirdLife Cyprus will adopt a different methodology depending on the species distribution and ecology and data availability, as has been done in Italy.

A workshop report will be produced around mid-August and will be available here under section ‘Deliverables’. To view the workshop’s agenda please click here.

Finally, an FRV report for Oroklini’s key species will be produced as part of the project and will be ready by the end of this year.

Click here to see photos from the workshop.

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