RESECOM is a LIFE+ project to arrange a network of trained professionals (rangers, technicians) and volunteers to monitor the distribution, occupancy, and population abundance of plant species and some habitats of the Aragón region included in the Habitats Directive (HD) and the Nature 2000 net. Its objective is to provide the EU with information to assess their “favourable” or “unfavourable” status in the long run, by following some standard and solid protocols. 
The philosophy behind the project is that everybody can really contribute to such objective if we set different approaches to obtain information, and define an easy and flexible path from data collection to rigorous statistical analysis. The Regional Government has the responsibility for the conservation of species and habitats of community interest, as well as rangers all over the territory to help with that. Scientists from the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (CSIC) have the responsibility for designing different protocols for prospections and fieldwork monitoring, train collaborators in the field, and together with the Regional Government (DGA) set the path to guarantee the transference of information. Analytical results will hopefully help to implement the most suitable management when necessary. 



There are 4 levels of intensity to contribute in this project, depending on how well the participant knows the flora and his/her time availability. The most traditional one is to send information on the presence/extinction of populations -N1- for which we provide people with aerial pictures or maps sowing all the records stored in the JACA herbarium (http://proyectos.ipe.csic.es/herbario/). Once in the population, it is very convenient to describe how it is -N2-, by estimating its occupancy area, population size, and real threats. N1 and N2 will help us to establish trends in the distribution and occupancy, but if we want to know if populations are increasing or declining we need to monitor them more in detail by revisiting them periodically. This is what we call “adopting a plant”. Level N3 implies that we sample a fraction of the population (the whole population if it is very small), where we count or estimate the abundance of individuals through time. We must choose the most suitable sampling method for that, taking into account the biology of the plant and the spatial structure of individuals. Such information will tell us what the trend of the population is after a number of years. For those that want to know everything about his/her plant we offer the most time consuming level -N4-, which means following individual plants in order to estimate vital rates (survival, growth, recruitment, fecundity). Anyway, fieldwork is set for people not to invest more than one single day per population and year except for some N4 monitorings. 

 In these links you can find newspictures of our daily indoor and outdoor work, download protocols, and have a look at the presentations used for meetings and training people 

 Please, do not hesitate to contact us for further information, or to send us any suggestion about the project: biodiversidad@ipe.csic.es