LIFE project

Project LIFE for Minuartia (LIFE15NAT/CZ/000818) is realized with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community and with contribution of the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic. The project is implemented from 27.7.2016 to 31.12.2020 in cooperation of the Czech Academy of the Sciences as coordinating beneficiary and the Czech Union of Nature Conservation, basic organization Vlašim and the Ministry of Environment as associated beneficiaries.

The main aim of the project is to enhance population size of critically endangered endemic species M.smejkalii by about 40% by means of particular actions:

1. Revitalization of natural sites

2. Establishment of gene bank (ex-situ conservation)

3. Direct enhancement of population size in the nature and reintroduction

4. Involving of local people to plant protection via establishment of specific program Rescue planting in private garden

The project focus also on enhancement of awareness of local people about specificity of M.smejkalii, its habitat and importance of the NATURA 2000 network for species protection. The project take into consideration socio-economic impact and impact on ecosystem services.

These project activities have a significant positive impact not only on Minuartia Smejkalii itself, but also on the state on the Sites of Community Importance of the Natura 2000 Network: SCI Hadce u Želivky and SCI Hadce u Hrnčíř. In this way the project helps the goals of the Natura 2000 Network to ensure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats, listed under both the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive.

The original habitat condition as well as photo from project implementation are available here.