Improvement and sustainable management of river corridors of the Iberian Atlantic Region
The overall objective is the improvement of the conservation status of Atlantic river corridors in the Natura 2000 network. For this purpose, the project develops a transnational strategy for the sustainable management of river corridor habitats in several Atlantic river basins of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). In this area, different threat factors such as invasive alien species, intensification of uses or plant health problems, generate the deterioration and fragmentation of the habitats of the river corridors.
To achieve the overall objective, specific objectives are set out in order to combat habitat degradation:
– Implementation of a transnational model of sustainable management of river corridors for the improvement of their conservation status, through the restoration of the composition, structure and functionality of their types of habitats, the improvement of connectivity and the reduction of fragmentation.
– Control of exotic and invasive flora.
– Elimination of plantations of non-native species
– Plantation of autochthonous species characteristic of riverbank forests (priority habitat 91E0 *) and oak forests (habitat 9230).
– Improvement of the phytosanitary status of the river corridors, through the partial removal of dead trees.
– Promoting the dissemination and awareness of the natural values, socio-economic benefits, and ecosystem services of river corridors.
– Improvement of training and technical capacity for stakeholders in the management and conservation of river corridors.