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The Sanctuary of Hope Foundation and ANSE sign a Territory Custody agreement for the recovery of the Segura River (31/08/2018)

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Hope Foundation and the Association of Naturalists of the Southeast, with the support of the General Directorate of the Natural Environment, have signed an agreement for the Custody of the Territory for the development of environmental actions to recover the fluvial system that affects 1.8 hectares.

The agreement is part of the LIFE + Ripisilvanatura project.

The president of the Stewardship Foundation of Our Lady of Hope, Fulgencia Sánchez and the president of the Association of Naturalists of the Southeast, Chema Catarineu, accompanied by the Councilor for the Environment of the City of Calasparra, Ricardo García and with the support of the Directorate General of the Natural Environment directed by Consuelo Rosauro, have signed an agreement of Custody of the Territory that affects a farm adjoining the Segura River in the vicinity of the Sanctuary (Soto de la Virgen and Hoyicas de Victoriano) of 1.8 hectares.

The agreement has been established within the framework of LIFE + Ripisilvanatura, a project financed by the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union.

The area covered by the agreement is located on the banks of the Segura River and has notable environmental values. For this reason, it is part of the Cañaverosa Nature Reserve and is included in the Special Conservation Area (Sierras y Vega Alta del Segura and Alhárabe Rivers and Moratalla (ES6200004) forming part of the Natura 2000 Network.

In addition to the cultural values, the riverside forests and other plant formations associated with the river stand out, all considered as habitats of community interest.

Regarding the fauna, the presence of an otter stands out, a species classified as "Endangered by extinction" by Law 7/95, of the leprous pond turtle, of various species of chiroptera, as well as various species of odonata such as the Mediterranean brindle dragonfly (Gomphus simillimus). ).

The objective of the Custody agreement is to maintain, through social participation, actions for the conservation and recovery of biodiversity beyond the completion of the LIFE + Ripisilvanatura project, which has been working on the recovery of the riparian forest and on the control of Exotic Invasive Species in that stretch of the Segura River.

In this sense, ANSE and the Sanctuary plans to carry out a first activity of placing shelters for bats next Saturday, September 1 at 9:30 in the parking lot of the Sanctuary.

The LIFE + Ripisilvanatura project is financed by the LIFE financial instrument of the EU and is coordinated by the Segura Hydrographic Confederation, with the collaboration of the General Directorate for the Environment, the University of Murcia, the municipalities of Calasparra and Cieza and the Association of Naturalists of the Southeast (ANSE).

Source: Ayuntamiento de Calasparra

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