Conservation of water plants
Project for the recovery of emergent water plants
In 2015, we re-activated the former nursery for water plants at the Caserío de Henares Environmental Education Centre in Madrid province in order to have specimens available to improve the conservation status of the wetlands in the South-Eastern Regional Park.
Under the scientific guidance of the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid (RJB-CSIC), over 8,000 specimens of two types of flora have been grown: emergent plants and charophyta (Chara vulgaris). Emergent water plants (bulrushes, reeds, bayonet grass and club-rushes) contribute to the fixation of sediments and the purification of wetlands through their roots. In addition, they are refuges for water fowl and potential indicators of water quality. Charophytes produce underwater “lawns” that also encourage the fixation of sediments and the diffusion of oxygen in the water.
These specimens were transported and planted in the South-Eastern Regional Park with the collaboration of the technical specialists from this Park’s Conservation and Maintenance Service. The regeneration activities are complemented by volunteer organizations and awareness-raising actions. This project was conducted with the support of the Montemadrid Foundation and the collaboration of the Madrid Regional Government.