San Genuario - Conservation and management of the biotope 'S. Genuario Wetland'
The project main objective was to maintain and improve the conservation status of the San Genuario marshland biotope, in Vercelli province, in Italy through active management. The project achieved its objectives as the area was restored through naturalistic engineering works, the removal of cement structures and invasive exotic plants, and the planting of authochnous shrubs and trees. The creation of additional marshes increased the availability of food and habitat for the little bittern and marsh harrier, as well as for other bird species. A management plan was elaborated for the SCI and approved. Structures were established for monitoring, surveillance and dissemination activities to increase public awareness of wetland conservation. Specific project achievements included: Increasing knowledge about the presence of habitats and species of EU interest at the project site; increasing public awareness on the importance of the Natura 2000 site through lessons and guided visits with local schools; meetings with a local irrigation consortium to establish sustainable cutting practices inside the little channels with natural vegetation; monitoring water using algae as indicators based upon the requirements of the Water Framework Directive.