In order to improve the results of LIFE-Salinas and establish collaborations with other related LIFE projects, members of Salinera Española S.A., ANSE and University of Murcia, made a trip to Sardinia the last week of June. The main objective of these trips is the cooperation and transferability of results so as to learn from other projects with the same or similar goals as LIFE-Salinas. In particular, to learn from the results of the project LIFE MC-SALT “Environmental Management and Restoration of Mediterranean Salt Works and Coastal Lagoons” (LIFE10 NAT/IT/000256)
Firstly, our colleagues visited the Regional Park of Molentargius – Salinas de Cagliari, an important wetland in southern Italy. This area is protected under the Ramsar Convention for being a wetland of international importance and hosts a significant number of nesting species, so it is Special Protection Area (SPA ITB044002). However, in 1985 salt exploitation ended and today the Park is dedicated to environmental education, organized from the headquarters where salt was formerly stored and is now used as a center for exhibitions, conferences and offices. Thanks to the LIFE MC-SALT project, two nesting islands were built in this park, which led to an increase in nesting in the target species. They also benefited from the target fish species of the project: Aphanius fasciatus (from the family of our fartet), Knightowitchia panizzae and Pomatoschistus canestrinii.
In the province of Cagliari, they were also able to see other colonies of Audouin’s gull (Larus audouinii).
About 40 km from Cagliari, they also had the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Park of Nora, one of the most important Phoenician and Roman sites of Sardinia.
To the north of the island, they visited the Regional Natural Park of Porto Conte, in the province of Sassari. More than 150 species of birds have been identified, so it is also partially declared as SPA (ITB013044). The landscape is composed of cliffs and rock formations of great geological interest, spread over 5,000 hectares that are currently home for numerous species of fauna and flora.