Awareness and dissemination of results
E1. General dissemination
With the aim of counteracting the lack of social awareness of the problem of the pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) as an invasive species in the Atlantic Arc, an extensive dissemination plan is implemented which includes this website, the presence of social networks, and the publishing of panels and informative material, together with holding dissemination congresses in all the regions of the Atlantic Arc involved in the project. It also includes the constitution of networks for exchanging experiences with other LIFE projects on similar themes and the drawing up and publishing of the Layman Report by way of an executive summary of the LIFE project once it has been carried out.
E2. Communication campaign in the general media
This action aims to be general in scope and to transmit the key messages to the whole of society without distinguishing the degree of interest of awareness. It intends to use various channels and communication supports to inform the general public that an environmental and socioeconomic problem called the “pampas grass” exists and that action to control it is necessary. This campaign in the media concentrates on Cantabria and the North of Portugal.
E3. Seminars on the restoring of areas affected by the pampas grass and other invasive species
This action aims to hold four technical seminars, one each year for the duration of the LIFE project, the main objective of which is the exchanging of experiences of the control and elimination of the pampas grass on both a national and international scale, disseminating the project, and collecting proposals for improvement. The various regions involved in the fight against the pampas grass will be those in charge of hosting the seminars, these are Vila Nova da Gaia in Portugal, Galicia, Cantabria, and Southwest France.
Conference about the project
E4. Training Key Players
This action is designed to expand the knowledge and the training of the technicians and other people in charge of the fight against the pampas grass. To this end 30 days of training have been organised so as to provide various sectors with working guidelines which help to fight against the expansion of the pampas grass in a more efficient manner. They will be held in Cantabria (15) and in Vila Nova de Gaia (15). The key players include technicians of public state, regional, and municipal administrations, technicians of the sector of the construction of public works, gardening, stockbreeding, and agriculture; and also owners of land in general and journalists who have better tools in order to provide information on invasive species.
E5. Manual of Good Practice for controlling the pampas grass
This action consists of drawing up, designing, and publishing a simple but rigorous manual intended to guide anyone whether a layman or a professional who wants to eradicate the pampas grass or prevent its appearance. To this end the Manual will contain a compilation of the methods used in accordance with the different habitats or uses of the territory so that the recipient can put into practise the most effective method according to the situation of the area of action with the aim of optimising efforts and resources and also doing so with guarantees of durability. This manual will be available in Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French both on paper and in a digital version.
E6. Working Group for fighting against the pampas grass in the Atlantic Arc
The function of this working group is to encourage the coordination and exchanging of information on the problem of the invasive species Cortaderia selloana and to extend good practices in its control and eradication in the countries of the Atlantic Arc (Portugal, Spain, and France). It also acts as a facilitator to support the integration of the strategy of the fight against the pampas grass in the local associations.
E7. Distribution of the Cortaderia Kit
It is a case of guaranteeing the delivery of the informative and technical documents generated by the LIFE project to the various key players from the whole of the Atlantic Arc. This kit will contain the manual of good practice, the material for the dissemination of the project, the Transnational Strategy for Fighting against the Pampas Grass in the Atlantic Arc (Action A4) including the procedure to join it and recommendations for the integration of the problem of the pampas grass in the various sectorial policies in keeping with each level of competence (municipality, province, region, nation).