11/07/2017

The LIFE project to protect the Montseny brook newt has created a website to monitor its actions

The LIFE Montseny brook newt project will be developed until December 2020, with the aim of improving the conservation status of this amphibian (Calotriton arnoldi), native to Montseny and its riverbank habitat

Among the different communication actions planned to publicise and disseminate the LIFE Montseny brook newt project, a website has been created [lifetritomontseny.eu] that—among other information of interest—will include a summary of all actions done throughout the 2016-2020 period, the time the project will be running.

The website is for scientists, experts and professionals in the field of conservation of natural space, but is also for students, volunteers and aficionados who are interested in learning and being up-to-date on the evolution of the project and new news and happenings.

On the page, you can read about the project’s background, objectives, actions and results, as well as seeing its evolution during the years the project is operational. Other contents include sections on collecting information that appears in the media, both in digital press and on television and radio, as well as a photo gallery that will be regularly enriched with new contributions.

There will also be information on the partners participating on the initiative, as well as the organisations, companies, administrations and individuals that provide some type of support. Their involvement and help is key to obtaining the project’s objectives and executing its actions. 

There is a link on the website to the Youtube channel for Life Montseny Newt, as well as monitoring on twitter at the hashtag #LifeMontsenyNewt. 

First steps in the LIFE project

The Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi), endemic to this natural park and considered the most endangered amphibian in Western Europe, was discovered in 2005. Since that time, the management body of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve, via its experts and guards, as well as outside researchers, have invested both human and financial efforts in learning about this little amphibian, to determine its precise habitat, its populations, its environmental needs and primary threats.

In 2015, a commitment was made to enact a guaranteed action plan to improve the conservation of the habitats of this native species and ensure its survival. With the collaboration of four partners (Girona Provincial Council, the Catalan Autonomous Government, Barcelona Zoo and Forestal Catalana), and after a series of meetings, park management suggested submitting the project to the EU LIFE calls for proposals.

After being awarded the project, it will now be developed between October 2016 and December 2020, via diverse actions all aimed at improving this amphibian’s conservation status and riverbank habitat, as well as increasing water quality and the flow of the streams where it lives, eliminating or reducing the threats it currently faces to its habitat, assuring the species genetic conservation and expanding its area of distribution.

The project also wants to establish greater legal coverage by approving a species conservation plan, increasing scientific knowledge and ecological requirements, as well as seeking the involvement and commitment of different territorial agents, both people and administrations and organisations, in conserving riverbank habitats and especially their biodiversity.

 

Contact

Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve

Masia Mariona Natural Park Office,  

Ctra. 5119, Km 2.5 (Mosqueroles)

08479 Fogars de Montclús

Tel. 938 475 102 / 934 022 222 ext. 37341

Email: lifetrito@diba.cat

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