There are different plots of special interest due to their characteristics which would allow increasing the area of priority vegetation formations. The seeding and plantation of natural species typical of priority salt flats in fragmented plots in different wetlands can be more effective for the dispersal of seeds and propagules to close areas than when this activity is implemented in one single wetland. A higher distribution of the restoration activities also increases the probability of permanence of some natural formations in case of a natural or human-induced adversities.
This purchase will be implemented according to the plot purchasing conditions imposed by the European Commission in the framework of the LIFE projects Call 2010.
Land purchase is directly related to the project objectives:
Conservation and restoration of Mediterranean salt steppes
- The proposed plots are located in Natura 2000 network, in the SCI and SPA La Mancha Wetlands.
- The land purchase contributes to preserving or reestablishing the integrity of the mentioned SCI.
- The purchase in certain cases is considered the most effective way to achieve the conservation goals and it will be completed with the rest of the actions described in the project.
- All the plots will be exclusively dedicated to the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems and a guarantee will be included in the purchase agreement.
- The Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha, public body partner of the project, will own the lands as it has the legal capacity for protecting the territory and will keep the ownership of the land after the end of the project.
- The Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha has both legal capacity and the necessary previous experience to purchase the land and protect it.
- The purchasing entity is public.
- The price is defined according to the market prices, the type of land and the region.
- None of the plots purchased in the project have recently changed from public to private property.
- The purchased lands will be dedicated to restoration activities described in the project, as their purchase is a key element for the conservation of the habitats included in the project.
- Restoration of lake environments
- Production of halophile vegetation
- Production of trees and shrubs to create hedgerows, copses and verges
- Restructuring of pathways
- Sowing and planting halophile vegetation. Reclaiming habitats of community interest, 1310 and 1510.
- Control of public access with 1.5 km of wooden fencing around special areas.
- Creation of hedgerows, copses and restoration of verges with tree and shrub species.
- Signposting at lakes with information panels on the implementation of the LIFE-NATURE programme and the value of each wetland
- Awareness-raising among farmers and landowners, and promoting sale of their output, endorsed by the Natura 2000 network
- Itinerant exhibition on La Mancha Wetlands
- Talks and lectures associated with the itinerant exhibition
- Production of a DVD providing information about the project
- Information and educational materials about the project
- Publication of scientific research explaining project findings.
- Creation of a website for La Mancha Wetlands
- Communications plan for LIFE project La Mancha Wetlands
- Final report on findings
Fundación Global Nature is the coordinator of the LIFE project “La Mancha Wetlands” and works closely with the Department of Agriculture and the Environment of Castile-La Mancha’s Regional Government on the following tasks:
- Monitoring, indicators and changes in habitats: plant mapping
- Monitoring. Indicators of fauna. Regular censuses
- Monitoring. Database associated with a Geographic Information System (GIS)
- Conservation plans once the LIFE project concludes
- Project audit
- Creation of a follow-up committee
- Networking with other projects (both LIFE and other kinds)