Invasive alien species in the Regional Park

One of the main objectives of the LIFE Salinas Project is to control certain invasive alien plant species that affect priority habitats 1510 * and 2250 *: Agave americana, Carpobrotus acinaciformis, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Nicotiana glauca and Myoporum acuminatum.

Some of these invasive species, such as Carpobrotus acinaciformis, were introduced by humans at the end of the 19th century in order to improve the conditions of sand dunes. However, these species are now one of the greatest threats to native biodiversity in ecosystems all over the world.

These invasive species compete with local flora for resources such as light, water and soil. Due to the negative impact these invasive species have, local ecosystems may be altered, causing the decline or elimination of many endemic species.

The aim of the LIFE Salinas Project is to eliminate as many of these invasive species as possible, as well as revegetate areas with native flora in order to protect the sand dunes from wind erosion and stabilise the coastline.[

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