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Salinera Española and ANSE sign a long-term custody agreement for the conservation of the saltpans of San Pedro del Pinatar (02/02/2019)

Salinera Española and the Association of Naturalists of the Southeast have signed an agreement with a duration of 14 years for the conservation of biodiversity associated with the exploitation of the Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar.

This protected area hosts the main nesting colonies of waterfowl in the Region of Murcia, as well as dune and salt habitats.

The initiative is part of the so-called LIFE Salinas, a project funded by the EU.

Julio Fernández, director of the Salinas of San Pedro del Pinatar, and Pedro García, Director of the Association of Naturalists of the Southeast, signed a Territory Custody agreement yesterday that aims to guarantee the development of conservation actions for this space during the next 14 years.

The Custody of the Territory agreement has been conceived within the framework of the "LIFE Project" Conservation of habitats and waterfowl in the LIC and ZEPA ES0000175 Salinas and Arenales of San Pedro del Pinatar "" funded by the EU LIFE instrument coordinated by Salinera Española, which has as beneficiaries ANSE, the General Directorate of the Natural Environment of the Region of Murcia, the City of San Pedro del Pinatar, the University of Murcia and Mae d'agua, Lda.

The agreement foresees that the actions of conservation of aquatic birds (Audouin gull and other larolimicultural gulls) and of the dune habitats (among others the salt steppes and Juniperus forests) continue once the project has been completed.

The actions planned for the next years are:

a) Specific actions of control of Invasive Exotic Species in the dune spaces and restoration of autochthonous vegetation.

b) Development of environmental education activities, environmental volunteering and biodiversity conservation.

c) Avoid the establishment of yellow-legged gull colonies in endangered species nesting areas, given their predation on them.

d) Develop actions to protect the dunes of La Llana against erosion through the use of oceanic posidonia tops.

Salinera Española will provide the necessary economic resources for the development of these actions, complementary to those of the European Union and others contributed by the other project partners.

The salt pans of San Pedro del Pinatar harbor the main breeding colonies of waterfowl in the Region of Murcia, including the threatened Audouin gull, terns, avocets and stilts, among others, and has extensive communities of dune habitats and salt marshes. which were included as ZEPA and as LIC in the Natura 2000 Network. The salt pans are an excellent example of environmental sustainability between a productive activity (obtaining salt) through the use of renewable energy (sun) and the conservation of biodiversity.

Source: ANSE

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