2022/06/09: The Xunta of Galicia formalizes the agreement for its participation in LIFE INSULAR proyect

The President of the Xunta of Galicia advances that Galicia will lead a transnational project to improve the conservation of the habitats of Cíes, Ons and Sálvora and make them resistant to climate change.

The President highlights that the Xunta Council authorized today the signing of the collaboration agreement between the University of Santiago (IBADER) and the Department of the Environment, Territory and Housing to establish the bases for its participation in the Life insular initiative [LIFE20 NAT/ES/001007. Integrated strategy for sustainable management of insular habitats in Natura 2000 islands of the Atlantic Ocean].

The project, with a budget of more than €5.2 million to be executed over 5 years, integrates as partners the Xunta of Galicia, the IBADER (Institute of Agricultural Biodiversity for Rural Development), the Autonomous Organization of National Parks (OAPN), the Tragsa Group, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage  of Ireland & COILLTE (Ireland).

Galicia leads a transnational cooperation project between Spain and Ireland that aims to define and implement an integrated strategy for the sustainable management of island habitats belonging to the Natura 2000 Network. Specifically, three of the five islands that will form part of this initiative are Galician: Cíes, Ons and Sálvora, all of them integrated in the Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia.

The involvement of the Community in the so-called INSULAR Life was ratified today by the Xunta council, which authorized the signing of a collaboration agreement between the Department of the Environment, Territory and Housing of the Xunta of Galicia and the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) to establish the basis for their technical and economic participation in the project.

"The Xunta wants to make improvements in the habitat of Cíes, Ons, and Sálvora to make them more resistant to climate change and to restore their natural landscape with the aim of recovering the situation of 70 years ago," he says, emphasizing that In this way, the impact of possible external disturbances on the areas of action will be minimized and, above all, a drastic recovery of the natural landscape will be sought.

With a budget of more than 5.2 million euros to be executed over 5 years, the main economic contribution to the project comes from the European Union, which will co-finance the planned actions with 3.95 million euros through the Life program, exclusively dedicated to the environment and climate action