Project management and coordination

Project management and coordination

The integral management of LIFE Phoenix is carried out by GESPLAN through the Project Management Team (PMT), supported by the technicians and managers of the other partners. In addition, this activity is directly controlled by a Steering Committee (SC), chaired by the Coordinating Beneficiary and composed of senior representatives of each partner. Finally, a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) composed of a number of external experts, in addition to the coordinators and technicians of each partner, analyses the evolution of the project, the challenges encountered and the solutions applied, in order to provide scientific advice and technical expertise on a regular basis.

The main tasks related to the management and coordination of the project include: signing the Partnership Agreement (PA) between the project partners at the beginning of the project; attending meetings with the EC LIFE Programme managers in Brussels; holding Steering Committee meetings every 6 months; organising occasional operational follow-up meetings with the technical managers of the partners and the LIFE Programme monitors; continuous monitoring and preparation of all the necessary technical and financial reports. On the other hand, from an operational point of view in the field, GESPLAN assumes all field work in the selected palm groves in Gran Canaria, as well as the monitoring of the project results and the actions regarding environmental governance, communication, dissemination and awareness on this island, with the collaboration of the rest of the Canarian partners.

In turn, also at the operational level, all project partners are responsible for the implementation of specific actions, each within their field of expertise: The Council of Gran Canaria (CGC) provides bureaucratic support, processing of permits and contacts, as well as leading all actions for the management and conservation of palm groves in Gran Canaria. On the other hand, it is also responsible for ex-situ conservation actions on this island (adaptation of the nursery and production of plants from seed), making available the resources of the Viera y Clavijo Canarian Botanical Garden. The Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Sovereignty of the Government of the Canary Islands (GOBCAN) is responsible for the Early Detection Network for Diocalandra frumenti using pheromone traps, as well as for updating the regional regulations related to this type of pest and the conservation of the Canary Island palm tree.

The Canarian Institute of Agronomic Research (ICIA) is in charge of D. frumenti survey and monitoring studies in Gran Canaria, as well as the execution of the necessary phytosanitary treatments and some training activities on this subject. The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) carries out actions related to the genetic characterisation of natural palm groves and the reduction of the risk of hybridisation with other non-endemic palms. It is also responsible for carrying out studies on soil conservation and hydrology in the selected palm groves in Gran Canaria.

The Forestry Policy Delegation in Crete of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy (FPIRC) is responsible for the bureaucratic arrangements and authorisations, as well as for the field work in the selected palm groves in Crete, together with the ex-situ conservation actions (nursery adaptation and plant production) on this island.

The University of Crete (UoC) is in charge of the basic studies on hybridisation and pest affection in Crete, as well as the design of management plans for the island's natural palm groves. It is also collaborating in the promotion of environmental governance in the region, in project monitoring activities and in the transfer of results. The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN) is responsible for several preparatory actions and the monitoring of field work in Crete.

It also executes a large part of the dissemination tasks, as well as collaborates in environmental governance and networking activities in this region. The environmental consultancy HOMEOTECH supports all phases of the project in Crete, from preparatory actions and field work follow-up, to monitoring of project impacts, transfer of results, communication and dissemination.

Action status

It reflects the percentage of work done since the beginning of the action.