Albufera LIFE

Comprehensive management of artificial wetlands for the conservation of the Albufera in Valencia

The “Albufera” LIFE project was intended to increase the efficacy of three artificial wetlands that clean up the water in the Albufera: the Tancats de l’Illa, Milia and la Pipa. In this way, the quality of the water in the lagoon is improved, re-naturalized habitats are generated and the birds in the wetland are protected.

The specific goals of this project are:

  1. To establish the most suitable management rules for the artificial wetlands to optimize water quality jointly with the improvement in habitats and biodiversity in accordance with the application of the Water, Habitats and Birds Directives.
  2. To demonstrate that the joint management of the three artificial wetlands contributes to an improvement in the water quality and biodiversity of the Albufera.
  3. To establish a methodology for determining indicators of the good conservation status of birds in order to apply them in other wetlands in the Natura 2000 Network.
  4. To provide recommendations addressed to the competent administrations to set out the bases for the development of management plans for the spaces in the Natura 2000 Network and water management plans.

The participants in this project are the Global Nature Foundation, the Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA) at the Polytechnic University in Valencia, SEO/BirdLife and Acció Ecologista Agró. It receives the support of the European Commission through its LIFE financial instrument, the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, the Acuamed state-owned water treatment company and the Júcar River Basin Organization.

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