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Life MICA Biodiversity Surveys

Latest version published by Netherlands Biodiversity Information Facility (NLBIF) on 08 March 2022 Netherlands Biodiversity Information Facility (NLBIF)
Surveys were conducted on 1) vegetation, 2) birds, and 3) at libellen at 6 field sites as part of the Life MICA project (https://lifemica.nl/) to understand the effects of muskrat and coypu management on biodiversity in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
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Keywords

Occurrence Coypu Myocastor coypus Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus Life MICA; Observation

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Caitlin Black
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904
1012 WX Amsterdam
NL
+31687950634

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Caitlin Black
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904
1012 WX Amsterdam
NL
+31687950634

Who filled in the metadata:

Caitlin Black
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904
1012 WX Amsterdam
NL
+31687950634

Who else was associated with the resource:

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Stacy Shinneman

Geographic Coverage

Surveys were conducted at the following 6 field sites: 1) Lake Dümmer, Germany, 2) Aschu Teiche, Germany, 3) Vechtegebiet, Germany, 4) Sint-Laureins, Belgium, 5) Sint-Maartensheide- De Luysen, Belgium, and 6) Gelderse Poort/Kreis Kleve, the Netherlands.

Bounding Coordinates South West [50.681, 3.076], North East [53.956, 10.459]

Project Data

Life MICA aims to develop a transnational coypu and muskrat management plan in Europe and thus help to protect waterway infrastructure, biodiversity and crops from damage. On January 1st 2015, a new EU regulation (No. 1143/2014) entered into force with the aims of preventing and managing damage to biodiversity and ecosystem services caused by invasive alien species (European Commission 2014). This regulation includes a list of invasive alien species (the ‘EC list’). An invasive alien species is defined as ‘an alien species whose introduction or spread has been identified to threaten or to have adverse effects on biodiversity and related ecosystem services’. Member states dealing with these species are subjected to a number of obligations and restrictions: an obligation to establish an effective surveillance system; an obligation to implement effective elimination measures and, if not possible, effective management measures; a prohibition on import, trade, release in the wild and possession. This Regulation is binding in its entirety and applicable in all member states. The coypu has been on this list since 2016 and the muskrat was added in 2017. Invasive alien species such as the coypu and muskrat pose a major threat to biodiversity and cost millions of euros annually. By feeding on rushes and reeds, these animals cause serious damage to the environment in which they live and endangered species suffer from habitat loss. The disappearance of reeds and digging in dikes represents a safety risk for humans in the lowland areas. With the Life MICA project, the partners from the participating countries want to develop a transnational plan for the management of coypu and muskrat populations in Europe and aim to reduce their populationThe objective of an effective population control of coypu and muskrat is to protect lowlands from flooding, to prevent crop damage and loss of biodiversity. The objective of the project is to serve as a pilot and demonstration project in which ‘best practices’ are tested and new techniques are developed for a more efficient control of muskrat and coypu populations. By involving organisations from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, the project also promotes international cooperation and knowledge exchange in the field of muskrat and coypu management

Title Life MICA
Funding European Union's LIFE Environment sub-programme under the Grant Agreement LIFE18NAT/NL/001047
Study Area Description Information on each study area can be found at: https://lifemica.eu/research-areas/.

The personnel involved in the project:

Sampling Methods

For a complete overview of the survey design, please see the document "Monitoring protocol to determine the ecological effects of Coypu in the research areas of LIFE MICA" (Jeroen Gruijters, Jordy de Jong, and Harmen Verboom 2020).

Study Extent For a complete overview of the survey design, please see the document "Monitoring protocol to determine the ecological effects of Coypu in the research areas of LIFE MICA" (Jeroen Gruijters, Jordy de Jong, and Harmen Verboom 2020).

Method step description:

  1. For a complete overview of the survey design, please see the document "Monitoring protocol to determine the ecological effects of Coypu in the research areas of LIFE MICA" (Jeroen Gruijters, Jordy de Jong, and Harmen Verboom 2020).

Additional Metadata

Purpose Complete description of the survey design.
Alternative Identifiers cd1c5bf1-0d7a-447a-875a-919f22e325bb
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