Recently an annual inspection of the Microtus II project activities, known as Monitoring Mission has taken place. The mission is conducted by an external monitor is European Commission.
The event that may seem only as an obligation is extremely important part of every LIFE project. The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. Most of the projects budget is covered by the European Union. To ensure the funds are being used for the right reasons and wisely, European Commission depute their external monitors to provide controls for regularly.
The first day of the Monitoring Mission was dedicated to monitoring of the financial and administrative materials in presence of the project team and BROZ management.
The next day together with the monitor we visited project localities in Hungary. The upcoming wetland restoration was presented by the Hungarian project partners (ÉDUVIZIG). The monitor is able to process the state of the locality before and after the measurements. Subsequently, the expedition moved to Slovak locality Istragov. In Istragov, channels were excavated to bring water back to wetland after 30 years. At a locality in Čiližská Radvaň trees were planted to create a windbreak.
The last day was devoted to the localities in Austria, nearby the Neusiedler See. The monitor had the chance to see result of the management there and discuss with the Austrian project partner (Nationalparkgesellschaft Neusiedler See – Seewinkel).
The information of the progress of the LIFE project activities is transferred by the monitor to European Commission which can act in case there are issues against the LIFE programme rules.