Expected results2019-04-08T13:57:30+02:00

Expected results:

In order to achieve the following expected results, multiple actions will be developed during four and a half years:
• Strategy to combat Cortaderia selloana along the ‘Atlantic arc’ corridor, involving 100 French, Spanish and Portuguese entities committing to a series of medium- and long-term actions;
• Working Group to combat Cortaderia, with members representing the entire ‘Atlantic arc’ area, serving as a permanent forum for sharing experiences and disseminating methodologies and materials;
• A halt to the expansion of Cortaderia in the south of Cantabria, and an increase in Cortaderia-free municipalities from 19 to 37 (equivalent to 328 600 ha);
• Reduced presence of Cortaderia in coastal Nature 2000 network sites in Cantabria and the restoration of natural habitats over an area of 240 ha;
• Establishment of an Early Warning Network in Cantabria and Portugal for invasive Cortaderia, which will continue to operate after the LIFE project, with some 600 notifications/year estimated;
• Detailed mapping of Cortaderia distribution in Cantabria and northern Portugal, particularly in Natura 2000 sites, to be updated annually after the project;
• Handbook of Best Practice in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English, distributed to at least 6 000 institutions;
• Evaluation of four different land management techniques to stop the expansion of Cortaderia, each representative of a different type of landscape;
• Training of 300 workers from institutions, including city councils, construction companies, excavation contractors, livestock farmers, and journalists in Cantabria and Portugal, on the most effective methods of prevention, control and eradication of Cortaderia; and
• Increased awareness of people along the Atlantic coast about the harmful effects of Cortaderia on the region’s natural environment and the appropriate measures to be taken to prevent its spread.