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International experts analyze improvements in the conservation of the San Pedro salt flats and the dunes of La Llana beach (05/02/2019)

The Faculty of Law today hosts the presentation of the European project Life Salinas, which, from 2008 to 2022, will implement different measures for the conservation of these habitats.

The Vice Chancellor of Research and Transfer of the University of Murcia, Francisco Esquembre, the general director of Medio Medio, Consuelo Rosauro, the mayor of San Pedro del Pinatar, Visitación Martínez, the representative of ANSE, Pedro García, and the project coordinator, Gustavo Ballesteros, today inaugurated the Days of presentation of the Life Project of conservation of the hátitats and aquatic birds in the Salinas and Arenales of San Pedro del Pinatar.

These conferences have also included, among its speakers, the presence of experts of international renown in the field of salt conservation and recovery of the coast, such as researchers Dylana Kostovska, of the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, and the professor of Coastal Geomorphology from Ulster University, Derek Jackson.

The general director of Medio Medio, Consuelo Rosauro, stressed that the goal of the Life Salinas project is "to improve the salt flats and dunes of La Llana, spaces in which their habitat find emblematic species such as the Audouin gull, whose presence is restricted to the Mediterranean basin, or the fartet, and for that we wanted to start by listening, in the hands of the leading international experts, what is done in other countries in similar natural spaces ".

For its part, the mayor of San Pedro del Pinatar, Visitation Martinez, stressed the importance for the municipality of the development of this important project of environmental conservation of the Regional Park of Salinas and Arenales.

In addition, it specified the actions of the City Council that will focus on the stabilization and reinforcement of the dune ecosystem of La Llana beach, the dissemination of the project and participation in the strategy of replicability and transferability, in forums, congresses, conferences and other events.

The project, which is coordinated by the company Salinera Española, has a budget of almost 1.8 million euros, co-financed by the European Union.

In the initiative also participate the General Directorate of Natural Environment, the City of San Pedro del Pinatar, the University of Murcia, the Portuguese environmental consultant Mae d'agua and the Association of Naturalists of the Southeast (ANSE).

This initiative will allow the remodeling of the saline circuit located north of the salt mines and the adaptation of 1,800 meters of new salt mines.

Also, the nesting habitat of the Audouin gull and seven other species considered of special importance by the European Union will be increased, such as the common avocet, the common stilt, the black-footed plover, the common tern, the little tern, the black-footed tern and the pay piconegra.

The project coordinator, Gustavo Ballesteros explained that five projects are being prepared for this purpose, which will consist of adapting speckles with native salt-substrate material, the connection of the Coterillo pond with the salt circuit, stabilization and strengthening of the dune ecosystem. of La Llana, the revegetation with native species in the dunes and the control of invasive alien species to improve these priority habitats.

In addition, the project includes transfer actions, such as these conferences, education and environmental dissemination, as well as the implementation of a seal of quality for the salt pans included in the Natura 2000 network, Ballesteros specified.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Pedro del Pinatar

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