The Wetlands of La Mancha LIFE project
Project for the conservation of the saline steppes surrounding 27 lagoons in La Mancha.
The aim of the “Wetlands of La Mancha” LIFE project was the conservation of the esparto grass groves and saline steppes surrounding 27 lagoons in Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo provinces. These unique and threatened habitats are home to endemic species of flora and fauna such as Cephalota dulcinea or several genera of Limonium sp. and are included in the Natura 2000 Network.
Since 2010, the Castilla La Mancha Regional Government and the Global Nature Foundation have been conducting this project with financial assistance from the European Commission’s LIFE financial instrument and the support of the Biodiversity Foundation, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, the Gas Natural Fenosa utility company, the Accionatura ecologist organization, COMSERMANCHA, a multi-district joint service enterprise, and the town councils of the municipalities in the action area (Alcázar de San Juan, Campo de Criptana, Las Mesas, Las Pedroñeras, Lillo, Mota del Cuervo, Pedro Muñoz, Quero, Villacañas and Villafranca de los Caballeros).