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The project’s main objective is to improve the conservation status of 10 selected bat species (Annexes II-IV of Directive 92/43 / EEC) and their roosts and 8 selected caves (habitat type 8310, Annex I of Directive 92/43 / EEC), while assisting the conservation of the unique cave fauna (tens of invertebrate species, endemic in one or more Greek caves). Specifically, the program aims to:

  1. Implement a series of pilot conservation actions in 10 NATURA 2000 sites. 

  2. Strengthen the legal protection and management framework by drawing up National Action Plans for all selected species and habitat.

  3. Install advanced monitoring and early warning systems for caves and cave fauna in 3 selected caves.

  4. Build an original, low-cost, autonomous, digital recording device to monitor caves’ environmental parameters.

  5. Contribute to a well-documented proposal (of 30 most significant) and the establishment (of at least 5) "cave micro-reserves" (selection, marking, institutionalization).

  6. Inform - educate any social partners involved (government agencies, local authorities, cavalry clubs, entrepreneurs, landowners, etc.) so as to adopt a cave- and bat-friendly attitude in accordance to the existing legislation.

  7. Set up a network of volunteers to monitor, protect and properly manage caves and other bat shelters.

  8. Inform - raise public awareness of the ecological importance of bats, caves and other cave fauna, the legal framework of their protection, and the impact of human activities.

  9. Develop good practice guidelines/specifications, highlighting new opportunities for business activities compatible with natural heritage conservation in the caves.