Between 2 and 5 September 2019, the IBADER of the Campus Terra of the USC organised the Summer Course “THE NATURAL HERITAGE AND BIODIVERSITY IN BIOSPHERE RESERVES”. The opening ceremony was attended by Ana González Abelleira, representing the Provincial Council of Lugo, Montserrat Valcárcel as Vice-Rector of Coordination of the Lugo Campus, and Pablo Ramil Rego as Director of IBADER. The objectives of the course are to learn directly about the natural heritage of the Biosphere Reserves, to become aware of the importance and ecosystem services of these areas in relation to biodiversity, landscape and quality of life, and to learn about the planning, trends and positioning of these areas.
The course was attended by 23 students, and consisted of 4 days with the participation of a total of 5 speakers who transmitted to the students the new trends and objectives in the Biosphere Reserves. On the occasion of the field trips, various Natura 2000 sites were visited, which make up the core area of the Biosphere Reserves, and in which various conservation actions have been carried out in recent years within the framework of LIFE projects, aimed at improving the conservation status of habitat types of Community interest.
In the case of the visit to the Eo River, Oscos and Terras de Burón Reserve, the students visited the Eo River SAC (ES1120002), and specifically one of the action areas in which LIFE FLUVIAL (LIFE16 NAT/ES/000771) is currently working actively, within the municipal territory of A Pontenova (Lugo). In this way, the students were able to learn first-hand about the conservation and restoration strategies of the river corridors that LIFE FLUVIAL is developing in the territory.