The LIFE Stop Cortaderia project is possible thanks to the financial contribution of the following entities:
The LIFE Programme is the only financial instrument of the European Union devoted exclusively to the environment. Of the 152 European projects financed in the 2017 LIFE announcement, 35 of them were Spanish and of these only 3 projects belonged to the category of Nature and Biodiversity. It is for this reason that the bid of the European Union in the fight against the pampas grass in the Atlantic Arc is clear, as is vouched for by the contribution of 53% of the overall budget of the LIFE Stop Cortaderia.
Regional Government of Cantabria – Consejería de Desarrollo Rural, Ganadería, Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente
The autonomous region of Cantabria is currently that most affected by the presence of the pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) as it has consolidated core populations and extensive areas of expansion in which scattered and isolated specimens can be found. In view of this threat to the biodiversity of Cantabria, the Regional Ministry for Rural Affairs, Fisheries, and Food through its General Office of the Environment has developed and approved an Action Plan against the Pampas Grass in Cantabria as part of the Regional Strategy of the fight against invasive species. This LIFE project is based on the premises, objectives, and strategies contemplated in the aforementioned Plan of Action, and it is for this reason that the Regional Ministry has become heavily involved by providing 34% of the overall co-financing of the project and expressly supporting each of the members based in Cantabria: AMICA, AMPROS, SERCA, and the SEO. Apart from the co-financing, its role also includes accompaniment and providing facilities as part of the conservation actions are carried out in protected natural spaces and uplands of public use. Moreover, the General Office of the Environment has extensive knowledge of the pampas grass, its expansion, and the impact it has caused to the natural milieu of Cantabria.
Astilleros de Santander SAU – Astander
Astander, a company located in the municipality of Astillero in Cantabria, has been devoted to the repairing and conversion of all kinds of boats and ships for over a century. As Astander is aware of the threat posed by species of invasive flora in the transformation of the environment, it provides both co-financing for the carrying out of the LIFE project and land which it owns on which a demonstrative test is being carried out as part of the specific conservation actions.
Ayuntamiento de Santander
Santander, the capital of the autonomous region of Cantabria with a registered population of some 172,000 inhabitants, is a coastal city actively involved in the fight against the pampas grass by means of the Regional Ministry of the Environment of the Town Council of Santander. In addition to participating in the LIFE project as a co-financer, the Town Council contributes a plot which it owns on the coast with the aim of carrying out a demonstrative experiment of management concentrating on the elimination of the pampas grass, and also its active commitment to form part of the working group to fight against the pampas grass.
Ministerio de Fomento. Demarcación de Carreteras del Estado en Cantabria
Roads and highways constitute one of the main vectors of the expansion of the pampas grass as they encourage the linear dispersal of its seeds along the verges of highways. Through its Demarcation of State Roads in Cantabria, the Ministry of Public Works has the competence to eliminate this invasive species from its roads as a result of its concern about the subject and takes part in the LIFE project as a co-financing entity. To this end it contributes lands which it owns so as to set up demonstrative experiences of management and participating in the working group of the fight against the pampas grass.
SOLVAY QUÍMICA SL
Solvay is a chemical company of advanced materials and specialities established in Torrelavega, Cantabria which is committed to the development of a chemistry which tackles the main challenges of society. Its products are used in aircraft, vehicles, batteries, smart and medical devices, and in the extraction of minerals and petroleum, among many other applications encouraging sustainability. As Solvay is aware of the threat posed by species of invasive flora in the transformation of the environment, it provides both co-financing for the development of the LIFE project and land which it owns on which a demonstrative test is being carried out as part of the specific conservation actions, and also takes part in the working group of the fight against the pampas grass.
Viesgo electrical distribution
Viesgo is an electrical distribution company in charge of transporting electricity to homes and companies. It has an electrical substation in the town of El Astillero in Cantabria, on the land of which a demonstrative test is being carried out as part of specific conservation actions; it provides co-financing and also takes part in the working group of the fight against the pampas grass.
Regional Government of Galicia. Consellería de Medio Ambiente e Ordenación do Territorio
Through its General Office of Natural Heritage, the Regional Ministry of the Environment and Land Planning is aware of the importance of the expansion of the pampas grass in the Autonomous Region of Galicia where it acts on its competences of the conservation of the natural milieu. This Regional Government contributes as a co-financer of the project, which includes among its products the drawing up of an Action Plan for the fight against the pampas grass in Galicia.