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 was 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, the conservation and restoration of Mediterranean salt steppes. The first step to achieve a restoration of the hábitat (*1510 Mediterranean salt steppes) was purchasing the plots located on the sides of the wetlands, where these priority vegetal formations grow in a natural environment and that where being destined for farming purposes until now. About 274 hectares (ha) have been purchased in total. They are located in basins or areas around the wetlands. They are high-value areas because they host species of priority conservation and of interest for the Habitats and Birds Directives.