Four contracts for the development of monitoring programs

January 24, 2022 – Oikon has signed four contracts “for the development of monitoring programs for species and habitat types of EU interest” under the OPCC project “Development of Monitoring Systems for Species and Habitat Types” on behalf of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development.


These projects will develop key elements of monitoring and reporting on the conservation status of species and habitat types to meet the obligations of EU legislation, particularly the Habitats Directive.


A good monitoring system will consist of technically sound and reviewed monitoring programs (protocols) that define the methodology for data collection, processing, and analysis of species and habitat types, IT systems for data management, and stakeholder capacity. The system established in this way will ensure the quality of fulfilment of the Republic of Croatia’s legal obligations, but will also contribute significantly to the planning and direction of nature conservation and sustainable development in the Republic of Croatia.

Group 2: Development of a monitoring program for terrestrial flora and habitat types with capacity building of stakeholders in the monitoring and reporting system.

Under the project, Oikon will develop and test monitoring programs for a total of 100 terrestrial flora species and habitat types (33 terrestrial flora species and 67 habitat types).

Group 5: Development of a monitoring program for small mammals with capacity building of stakeholders in the monitoring and reporting system.

Oikon experts and staff will establish monitoring of the conservation status of 4 small mammal species (Balkan snow vole, hamster, wood dormouse, dormouse) of EU interest.

Group 6: Development of a monitoring program for large carnivores with capacity building of stakeholders in the monitoring and reporting system.

The objective of this project is to develop and establish a system for monitoring the conservation status of large carnivores (wolf and lynx) in order to meet the obligations of EU legislation, in particular the Habitats Directive. The project will establish a system for monitoring the conservation status of two large carnivore species of interest to the EU.

In addition to Oikon, experts from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, Geonatura and the Karlovac University of Applied Sciences are also involved in this project.

Group 7: Development of a monitoring program for otters with capacity building of the stakeholder monitoring and reporting system, where Oikon experts will test and refine the existing program for monitoring the conservation status of otters.

All four projects are scheduled to run through September 2023.

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