A. Preparatory actions, elaboration of management and action plans
ACTION A.1: Inventory and evaluation of forest dynamics and forest management of the monteverde vegetation stratum on the island of Gran Canaria. The objective of this action is to analyse the current state of forest mass in the middle mountain regions of Gran Canaria, as well as to establish a restoration strategy in order to improve the quality and distribution of the monteverde forest masses with the aim to recuperate important habitats.
ACTION A.2: The elaboration of protocols and methodology to be applied in the reproduction of the laurel pigeon in captivity. The objective of this action is to test the processes and methodology to be applied in the reproduction of the laurel pigeon in captivity in order to improve them and increase productivity, and whether they guarantee appropriate health and genetic conditions.
ACTION A.3: The definition of locations and protocols for the release of pigeons bred in captivity. Prior to the release of pigeons bred in captivity, the exact release locations and protocols to be followed will be established.
ACTION A.4: Plan for the reintroduction of the Columba junoniae, the white-tailed laurel pigeon, on the island of Gran Canaria. A plan is required for the reintroduction of the white-tailed laurel pigeon, as well as the measures to be implemented by different government bodies in the next 15 years, including post-release monitoring.
ACTION A.5: Plant production for the improvement of habitats. Action shall be taken in different areas of the middle mountain regions in the North of the island to enhance monteverde forest mass, as well as support the settlement of stable white-tailed laurel pigeon communities by planting non-invasive fruit-bearing trees.
C. Specific conservation actions
ACTION C.1: Breeding of the laurel pigeon in captivity. Breeding of laurel pigeons in captivity for their eventual release. This will take place in the facilities owned by the Council of Gran Canaria, created for this purpose on the premises of the public forest park of Osorio.
ACTION C.2: Actions to improve habitats in the laurisilva forests, elm and pyrophyte formation management. The successful outcome of the reintroduction of the endemic Canary pigeons on Gran Canaria shall mainly depend on the increase and quality improvement of the forest surface on the island.
ACTION C.3: The release of laurel pigeons in their natural environment on the island of Gran Canaria. This is one of the key actions of the entire project: the release of the white-tailed laurel pigeon aiming at establishing a stable population on the island of Gran Canaria, thus recuperating this species for the area.
ACTION C.4: Predator control in the areas of release. With the aim to minimize the impact of introduced predators (cats and rats), predator control actions will take place in the areas of release.
D. Monitoring the effects of the project actions
ACTION D.1: Evaluation of the implementation of breeding in captivity and settling of laurel pigeon populations on Gran Canaria, as well as the regeneration and improvement of their habitat. All projects that entail specific conservation actions should include further monitoring to assess the impact and efficiency of those actions in comparison to the initial situation, the objectives and the expected results.
ACTION D.2: Evaluation of the socio-economic impact of the project actions on the local population and economy, as well as on the regeneration of the eco-system functions. Studying the socio-economic impact of the project and its effect on the eco-system will permit the evaluation of its objectives and results, especially in terms of social perception and its impact on the local economy.
ACTION D.3: Monitoring the process - success of the reintroduction. Close monitoring of the released specimens will be carried out in order to evaluate the success of the reintroduction process.
E. Public awareness and result dissemination
ACTION E.1: Elaboration of the project web page. It is paramount to inform the local population about the project, its process and the issues it involves, as well the importance of the reintroduction of the endemic pigeons of the Canary Islands.
ACTION E.2: The elaboration of information material about the project. All information material will make special reference to the great importance of conservation and the increase of monteverde forest masses on the island of Gran Canaria, as well as the reintroduction of the endemic pigeons, which went extinct due to massive overexploitation of its forests.
ACTION E.3: Actions to increase awareness of locals and involved sectors. Awareness campaigns among the locals will take place in schools, neighbourhood associations, environmental groups and town halls of the area in question with the aim of involving the population. Additionally, hunters and similar groups will be given special attention in order to involve them in the present project and prevent poaching.
ACTION E.4: Layman Report. During the last months of the project a layman's report in electronic format and in paper will be drafted. It will be written in both Spanish and English and shall be of informative rather than scientific nature.
ACTION E.5: Information panels. Information panels in Spanish and English will be created, including a presentation of the project objectives, the reintroduction of the white-tailed laurel pigeon and the restoration of the laurisilva forests on the island of Gran Canaria.
ACTION E.6: Interpretation centre on the laurisilva forest and pigeons endemic to the Canary Islands. An interpretation centre will be created in the Osorio Forest Park (Teror, Gran Canaria). It will be located there, as it is the place where most efforts of laurisilva reforestation has taken place.
ACTION E.7: Post-LIFE communication plan. In the end of the duration of the present LIFE project, an "After LIFE" communication plan will be published in electronic format as well as in paper to continue with the efforts of dissemination of the project results.
ACTION E.8: International seminar for the exchange of experiences with participants from similar projects. An international seminar will take place in order to make the project known internationally, as well as to exchange experiences with participants from similar projects, which could help improve the one at hand or future ones.