EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest
A research project funded by the European Union 
Participatory Monitoring Networks in Europe

1. Name of Organisation:
MEDASSET - Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles
1a. Your e-mail:
medasset@medasset.gr
2. Organisation address:
1C Licavitou street 10672 Athens Greece
2a. Country:  
Greece
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country
A country Greece 
Other countries Countries bordering the Mediterranean
4. When did your organisation start?
1993
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
1-10
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
Yes
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
101-250
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
Yes
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
Honorary members
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Species
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
Habitats Marine turtle nesting sites, foraging and breeding grounds
Other
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
- Field assessments and surveys (e.g. to determine/measure biological/physical elements, human interaction, habitat degradation or/and loss, state of natural resources, pollution, etc.) - Research projects
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
11-20 years
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
Yes
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
- British Chelonian Group - WWF - ARCHELON - various Ministries and Univeristies around the Mediterranean - UNEP/MAP, RAC/SPA
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
Yes
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
- British Chelonian Group - WWF - ARCHELON - various Ministries and Univeristies around the Mediterranean - UNEP/MAP, RAC/SPA
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
Yes
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
Yes
14b. Internet address of report(s):
http://www.medasset.org/pub_db/All_tech.asp
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
Yes
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
No
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 60 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 0 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 40 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
6-10 years
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
- biological/physical data on site - socioeconomic information
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
Yes
21. If no, please explain why
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
- personal interest in biodiversity conservation and protection of the environment - seeking relevant working experience
23. What methods does your organisation use to recruit volunteers?
Articles (newspapers, magazines etc.) Advertisements in newspapers, magazines etc.
Internet/e-mail Invitations sent through the post
Word of mouth Open days, workshops, activity days
Radio/T.V. Other
advertisements in MEDASSET's newsletters and website
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
Yes
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
75-100%
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
Yes
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
Yes
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
Yes
Additional comments:
MEDASSET is an international Non Governmental Organisation working for the study and conservation of sea turtles and their habitats throughout the Mediterranean, through scientific research, environmental education, political lobbying and raising public awareness. The organisation is a Partner to the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and a Permanent Observer-member of the Bern Convention (Council of Europe).
 

 
 Contract number: 006463