Monitoring of NATURA 2000 sites as a tool
for effective management and conservation
of autochthonous crayfish

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Project summary

Project name: Monitoring of NATURA 2000 sites as a tool for effective management and conservation of autochthonous crayfish
Project number: EHP-CZ02-OV-1-007-2014
Grant provider: EEA Grants
Grant title: EEA Grants 2009 - 2014
Programme name: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services & Environmental Monitoring and Integrated Planning Control & Adaptation to Climate Change
Programme area: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Project promoter: T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, public research institution (Czech Republic)
Partner: Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (Norway)
Local partner: Povodí Vltavy, State Enterprise (Czech Republic)
Start date: 1 January 2015
End date: 31 December 2016 (extended, originally planned to 30 April 2016)
Total budget: 11 235 844 Kč
EEA Grants contribution: 8 988 674 Kč (80%)

Project description

The main objective of the project is focused on monitoring of the population of the critically endangered crayfish Austropotamobius torrentium (Schrank, 1803) in Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and the critically endangered crayfish Astacus astacus (Linnaeus, 1758), including monitoring of quality of their habitats.

Quality of habitats of the original crayfish species is affected by hydro morphology of the river and quality of water and sediments affecting bioaccumulation of pollutants in various anatomies in the crayfish body. The main objectives of the project will be monitoring of the size of the crayfish population, quality of their habitats, their relations to the other components of the ecosystem and the options of their sustainability.

Sustainability of the original crayfish population may also be affected by invasive predator animals. As the invasion of the already reproduced non-original species often cannot be prevented, it is important to teach the public about the dangers connected with spread of these species in relation to protection of the original crayfish species. Therefore project publicity, education and information of the general public will be a significant part of the proposed project.

Relation of monitoring of anthropogenic stresses and relations to ecosystem components to project activities

Principal project activities

More information

Brochure “We Are Rooting for the Environment.”

Overview about the project is available in the brochure “We Are Rooting for the Environment.” dedicated to selected projects supported by EEA and Norway Grants within programme “CZ02 - Biodiversity, Monitoring and Climate Change”. See pages 12 and 13 of the brochure.

Brochure: pdf document (2.5 MB)

Last update: 4 May 2017


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Project leader

RNDr. Jitka Svobodová

Publicity manager

Ing. Jiří Picek

Project manager

Mgr. Libuše Opatřilová

Financial manager

Karel Havlák

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