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
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1. Name of Organisation:
Archipelagos, Institute of Marine & Environmental Research of the Aegean Sea
1a. Your e-mail:
2. Organisation address:
P.O. Box 1, Rahes, 83301, Ikaria
2a. Country:  
3. What geographical area does your organisation cover?
An area within a country Eastern Aegean Sea and Islands
A country Greece 
Other countries
4. When did your organisation start?
5. How many paid staff are in your organisation?
6a. Can members of the public (ordinary people) join your organisation?
6b. If Yes, how many members of the public (ordinary people) currently belong to your organisation?
6c. Do members of the public who have joined your organisation pay a membership fee?
6d. If some members do not have to pay a fee, please explain why
Honorary Members, who provide substantial support to the aims of our organisation, do not have to provide a monetary fee
7a. What aspects of biodiversity your organisation monitors?
Insects Amphibians Fish Birds Mammals Plants Reptiles
Habitats Posidonia sea grass beds & littoral zone ecosystems Island freshwater habitats and forests
7b. Please provide a brief description of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring activities.
Archipelagos, carries out monitoring on marine and terrestrial biodiversity of the Aegean Sea and islands. - Marine monitoring includes: marine mammal populations, fisheries productivity and littoral ecosystem biodiversity. - Terrestial monitoring includes the biodiversity of plants, birds and reptiles. Monitoring is carryied out throughout the year, in different parts and islands of the Aegean Sea, with the usage of 2 research boats and 6 research bases/stations.
8. How long has your organisation carried out biodiversity monitoring activities?
3-5 years
9. Are any of your organisation's monitoring activities carried out in collaboration with another organisation/s?
10. If Yes, please give the name(s) of the organisation(s)
Universities of Essex & Cardiff UK Universities of Athens & Patras, Greece
11. Do you supply or pass on your monitoring data to other organisations?
12. If Yes, please give the name of the organisation(s)
13. Are your monitoring data published in a regular report?
14. Are the report(s) available on the internet?
14b. Internet address of report(s):
15. Do volunteers contribute to your organisation's monitoring activities?
16. Do volunteers have to be members?
17. Please estimate the proportion of your organisation's biodiversity monitoring data that is provided by:
(a) Your organisation's staff 70 % 
(b) Volunteers who are members 30 % 
(c) Volunteers who are not members 0 % 
TOTAL 100 % 
18. How long has your organisation used volunteers to assist with monitoring activities?
3-5 years
19. What biodiversity monitoring information does your organisation ask volunteers to collect? Please list this information:
Volunteers, who normally are students or graduates or related scientists, assist the research teams in the collection of data from which they recieve the relevant training. So in this way they take part in all the different monitoring surveys that we carry out.
20. Does your organisation have enough volunteers for its biodiversity monitoring?
21. If no, please explain why
As volunteers require a lot of training and support, and also a lot of effort in communication to select the correct volunteers, so it is very difficult and time consuming to organise this.
22. What do you think motivates people to contribute to your organisation's biodiversity monitoring schemes (e.g. hands-on experience)? Please list:
The fact that they get hands-on experience in both research and conservation work as well the chance of living on an Aegean Sea island.
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
communication via universities
24. Do volunteers receive any financial support (i.e. expense payments)?
25. What proportion of volunteers have formal environmental training? (e. g. field courses, university degree in biology, ecology etc.)
26a. Does your organisation provide any training for volunteers?
26b. If Yes, please describe what training is given to volunteers.
In order for the volunteers to aqcuire correct training, they work together with a more experienced researcher to become familiar with the methods and species identification. They can start collecting data only after they pass certain exams with an 80% success. At a later date only according to their supervisor's approval, they can later start working independently.
27a. Does your organisation validate the data received from volunteers?
27b. If yes, how are the data validated?
In order to ensure the good quality of data the volunteers are working closely with their supervisors.
28. Does your organisation provide feedback to volunteers who contribute to your organisations monitoring activities?
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 Contract number: 006463