First LIFE Phoenix Monitoring Meeting


The LIFE Phoenix project has recently held its first Monitoring Meeting between the 9th and 11th of April in Gran Canaria. The meeting was attended by the monitor appointed by the LIFE Programme of the European Commission, representatives of the island authorities and staff belonging to all the project partners, including a delegation of 6 representatives from Greece.

First monitoring meeting
First monitoring meeting

The technical meeting organised on 9th April in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria by the Council of Gran Canaria has allowed reviewing all the technical, administrative and financial aspects developed since the start of the project in July 2023.

These aspects were analysed for each of the work packages that have achieved the most progress to date: Project Management and Coordination (WP1), Preparatory Actions (WP2) and Communication and Dissemination (WP6). Complementarily, the preparation of the Conservation Actions (WP3), scheduled to start in October 2024, and the start of the Monitoring Actions (WP4) could also be discussed.

Subsequently, during the following two days (10th and 11th April), two field visits were made to the intervention areas, in which the palm groves selected for the project in Gran Canaria were visited, within the Natura 2000 Network sites of Fataga and Güigüí, as well as other places of interest.

As a complement to the official meeting, two extra days were organised to take advantage of the continuation of some of the Greek colleagues on the island. Friday 12th April was devoted entirely to a technical training on pests and phytosanitary treatments in natural palm groves, held at the facilities of Vidrieras Canarias and run by partner GOBCAN (DG Agriculture) and ICIA, in collaboration with the public company GMR. The main objective was to transmit to the Greek partners, through a practical demonstration in situ, the most relevant technical knowledge regarding the proper forestry and phytosanitary management of Phoenix palms.

Finally, on Saturday 13th, a last technical visit to different areas of interest in Tafira and Santa Brígida took place, guided by staff from the Council of Gran Canaria, ULPGC and external experts collaborating with the project.

First monitoring meeting
First monitoring meeting

Without a doubt, this week of meetings and collaboration between the two regions involved in LIFE Phoenix (Crete and Gran Canaria) has been very productive overall, standing out as the first complete action of networking and technical training in the framework of the project.