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Spain-LIFE Potamo Fauna - Conservation of river fauna of Community interest in the Natura 2000 network sites of the Ter, Fluvia and Muga river basins Project.

Project reference : LIFE12 NAT/ES/001091

Duration : 01-JAN-2014 to 31-DEC -2017

Total budget : 1,900,262.00 (2535519.59 US Dollar)

EU contribution : 949,981.00 (1267844.64 US Dollar)

Project location : CataluEa, Spain

Contact details:

Contact person : Miquel Campos

Tel: 34972576495

Fax: 34972576495


Project description:

Background :

The project aims to ensure the management of the species listed in the Habitat Directive present in the Natura 2000 network sites located in the target areas. It will focus on 13 species of aquatic fauna, whose populations are decreasing in size and for which there are no specific conservation actions at local, regional, national or European level. For five of these species - the exception is the white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) - there is no conservation plan at regional or national level.

Objectives :

Direct recovery of the main populations of thick-shelled river mussel (Unio elongatulus) and white-clawed crayfish in a Natura 2000 site in the basins of the rivers Ter, Fluvia and Muga via population reinforcements with individuals bred in captivity in recovery centres;

Direct recovery of the population of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) in the Natura 2000 site Riberes del Baix Ter via population reinforcements with individuals bred in captivity in recovery centres;

Expansion and consolidation of the populations of the Desmoulin s whorl snail (Vertigo moulinsiana) and the narrow-mouthed whorl snail (V. angustior) in the Natura 2000 site Estany de Banyoles via translocations within the site;

Strengthening of the populations of Mediterranean barbel (Barbus meridionalis) in the Natura 2000 sites in the basins of the rivers Ter, Fluvia and Muga via intra-basin translocations;

Strengthening of the fluvial populations of herptiles (M. leprosa, T. marmoratus, A. obstetricans, P. cultripes, B. calamita and H. merdionalis) in the Natura 2000 site Riberes del Baix Ter via the creation of micro-wetlands;

Protection against the crayfish plague, Aphanomyces astaci, in the main white-clawed crayfish populations;

Local control of exotic terrapins and crayfish to minimise their impact on native species, including the eradication of the recently-established exotic spinycheek crayfish (Orconectes limosus);

Large-scale control of exotic fish species in Lake Banyoles;

Minimisation of the risk of penetration by the zebra mussel into the basin of the River Ter via the installation of a boat disinfecting station;

Increased awareness amongst the local population of the value of threatened fluvial species and the impact of invasive alien species; and

Interaction with the technical-scientific community involved in the conservation of threatened fluvial species of fauna to create positive synergies.

Expected results: The following results are directly connected to the conservation actions:

In the SCIs still occupied by U. elo

country :Spain

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