As a result of the attendance of the CFEA teaching staff to several online seminars carried out by LIFE Fluvial and the visit to the resources available on the project website, the CFEA contacted the Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo Biosphere Reserve to request a training seminar on the recovery of river corridors for their students.
In parallel, a request was also made to host the LIFE Fluvial travelling exhibition, which was sent to them from Portugal by the partner University of Lisbon.
The seminar was organised and, finally, developed by Mariñas Coruñesas and IBADER on 21 October 2021 in the auditorium of the CFEA, with a total of 38 students from the 2nd year of the Higher Cycle of Forestry and Natural Environment Management and the 2nd year of the Intermediate Cycle of Exploitation and Conservation of the Natural Environment, as well as 2 members of the teaching staff of the centre.
The presentation, given by Javier Ferreiro, from IBADER, focused on the improvement and sustainable management of river corridors as a strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity.
One of the LIFE Fluvial actions that aroused most interest was the removal of Cortaderia sellaona by means of a backhoe with mechanical grapples, an experience that the participants were keen to replicate.
The attendees also had the opportunity to view the project’s audiovisual presentation, and were finally presented with LIFE Fluvial information material.
At the end of the day, there was a visit to the environmental recovery area of the Gandarela, used as an educational resource of the CFEA, led by the teacher Mª del Carmen Alfonso Leiro, accompanied by Javier Ferreiro (IBADER) and Miguel Fernández (Reserva de Biosfera Mariñas Coruñesas).
The good reception of the seminar led to the request for a new seminar for students in the first year of the Higher Cycle of Forestry and Natural Environment Management.