EUROPEAN PROJECT OF AMPHIBIAN AND AQUATIC REPTILES' HABITAT RECOVERING IN BAIX TER WETLANDS

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The first Life project, with a total cost of 1.159.000€, was developed between 1999 and 2003.

Objective:

* restoration of coastal ponds in the Ter Vell and the Pletera.


Performed actions:

As the problems identified in both ecosystems were different, actions carried out differed between both areas. Actions carried out in the Ter Vell tried to improve water quality and stop eutrophization, i.e. stop an excess of nutrients from flowing into the pond. Actions carried out are as follow:

• Drainage of the pond in those areas where high levels of organic matter were detected.

• Elimination, by absorption, of high quantities of mud found in the deepest parts of the pond.

• Construction of artificial wetlands in order to control the influx of nutrients into the pond.
 
The main tasks carried out in the Pletera were to improve the conservation state of vegetal sand dune and marshlands communities and to ensure the conservation of the Spanish toothcarp, a fish in danger of extinction and only found in the Iberian peninsula. Actions carried out are as follow:

• Captive breeding of Spanish toothcarp.

• Creation of new perennial ponds in the Pletera and later repopulation with Spanish toothcarps.

• Conservation of dune and marshland vegetation.


At the same time as the project was being carried out, a series of studies were developed to evaluate the effects all activities had on the ecosystem. The project also included a series of actions to improve ludic supplies such as the creation of walking itineraries and the development of educational and ludic programmes.


For more information: www.tervellpletera.lifeemyster.com