The Environmental delegate in Cadiz confirms the Los Caños de Meca bridges carried out by Life Conhabit Andalusia

Los Caños de Meca Beach in Barbate (Cadiz) launches entrances and new bridges that have been erected by Life Conhabit Andalusia with the aim of protecting its priority habitats: dunes with scale-leaf and needle-leaf junipers (Juniperus spp.) and dunes with forests of stone pine trees (Pinus pinea and/or Pinus pinaster). It was confirmed by the regional Environmental delegate in Cadiz, Ángel Acuña, during the visit that he made yesterday to the area belonging to the La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natura 2000 Network natural space, one of the 4 natural spaces which the European initiative is acting upon on the Cadiz coastline. The delegate was accompanied on his visit by the mayor of Barbate, Miguel Molina and the president of the Governing Board of the La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, Lalia González-Santiago.

The Environment and Town and Country Planning Department of the Regional Government of Andalusia has executed this work which consisted of re-defining the layout of the entrances to this beach, as well as the installation of 3 new piloted wooden bridges to ease access to the sand. The Agency for the Environment and Water continued this action with the installation of signage and the restoration of the area by means of the planting of needle-leaf and scale-leaf junipers and Carduus myriacanthus, a plant included in the vulnerable species of the Appendix II of the Andalusian Catalogue of Endangered Species.

The delegate has highlighted the importance of the works executed and the re-designing of these entrances, with the only aim of minimising the human pressure that the area suffers with the influx of visitors and that poses a threat and a degradation for its priority habitats as a consequence of the constant trampling and bustle of people and horses.

In total, Life Conhabit Andalusia has a budget of 283.767,29 euros for the intervention carried out in La Breña y Marismas del Barbate, which is completed with 3 other actions with identical aims to preserve their coastal habitats. These are the stone pines and scale-leaf junipers, to encourage the development of the stone pine tree (Pinus pinea) and undergrowth species of coastal dunes with scale-leaf and needle-leaf junipers (Juniperus spp.), threatened by the densification of the Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis) species, whilst the other 2 interventions are in Peña-Cortada Public Forest and Marismas Public Forest, where they are considered improved of their habitat of subestepic areas of grass and annual plants of the Thero-Brachypodietea as well as the species Silene stockenii linked to it in this space (that appears as Vulnerable in the Andalusian Catalogue of Endangered Species) and it will be completed with actions of population reinforcement that will consist of plantings and enclosures.

Apart from this, this European initiative carries out different actions in the Cadiz province that amount to a total investment of around 384.000 euros and that are located, as well as in La Breña, in 3 other natural spaces: Estrecho, Punta de Trafalgar and Pinar de Roche.

In Estrecho, Life Conhabit Andalusia acts to organise public use of the entrances to the beach to protect the priority habitats in this space, that are also coastal dunes with scale-leaf and needle-leaf junipers (Juniperus spp.) and the dunes with forests of stone pine trees (Pinus pinea and/or Pinus pinaster).

In Punta de Trafalgar, with 4 priority habitats -coastal lagoons, coastal dunes with herbaceous vegetation as well as coastal dunes with scale-leaf and needle-leaf junipers (Juniperus spp.) and dunes with forests of Pinus pinea and/or Pinus pinaster-, the project has carried out a beaconing for the equestrian route and planting of Carduus myriacanthus. And in el Pinar de Roche, the intervention consists of the control of competing species to protect its two priority habitats which are also the coastal dunes with scale-leaf and needle-leaf junipers (Juniperus spp.) and the dunes with forests of stone pine trees (Pinus pinea and/or Pinus pinaster).

 

 

Project Life Conhabit Andalusia

Conhabit Initiative
The Project LIFE CONHABIT ANDALUSIA "Preservation and improvement in priority habitats on the Andalusian coast" (LIFE+13/ES/000586) begun on the 1st of June of 2014, after being approved by the European Commission. With a duration of five years and a budget totalling 2,654,269 euro, it is a LIFE-NATURE project whose main objective is advancing the improvement and preservation of priority habitats found in 15 areas of the Natura 2000 Network on the Andalusian coast, and promoting social awareness of the need to protect these spaces, habitats, and species, some of which are under threat. Read more

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