THE PROJECT

In recent years, different studies have been conducted which have shown a decrease in the population of different cyprinid fish species in the Duero and Tajo basins, as well as an increase in the invasive species distribution..

SPECIES

FICHAS ESPECIES

AREA OF ACTION

OBJETIVES

ACTIONS

As a consequence of these studies, it can be seen an urgent necessity to take measures against these populations’ regression, considering the Salamanca area as one of the main areas of interest due to the number of SCI associated to the water courses and the composition and protection level of the native and endemic fish communities, that can be found within this area; some of which are only in this territory and are considered endangered or threatened..

 

 

 

To this end, the Confederación Hidrográfica del Duero, as coordinating beneficiary, and the Junta de Castilla y Leon, La Fundacion Patrimonio Natural and Confederación Hidrográfica del Tajo, all of them as associated beneficiaries, presented a LIFE + project in order to protect and establish a protocol for the recovery of endemic native cyprinids populations of the southwest of the province of Salamanca, as well as conserve and restore the natural habitats in which these species are found.

 

 

On 04/30/2014, the European Commission made public the list of selected projects for the LIFE+ 2013 call, being the project with the reference LIFE13 NAT / ES / 000772 " ACTIONS TOWARDS THE PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION OF IBERIAN CYPRINIDS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST-CIPRÍBER-" one of them.

The project area is located in the southwest of the province of Salamanca due to the composition and protection level of native and endemic fish communities that can be found within this area (some of which are only presented in this territory and are considered endangered); and due to the number of SCI associated to the water courses.

 

For more information you can download for free publication "Atlas y Libro Rojo de los peces continentales de España", edited by Ignacio Doadrio from the website of the Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente.

·To improve the populations of theses endemic cyprinids in areas of great value that have SCIs with species included in Annex II of Habitats Directive.

· To develop a captive breeding protocol to compensate the state of current regression of their populations, and experience to serve their techniques can be extrapolated to other geographical areas, including border

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

· To increase technical and scientific knowledge on species to determine the condition by environmental pressures and eliminate them

· To get riverine habitat conditions that allow the best distribution and situation of populations by removing existing pressures in the channels and habitat restoration, progressing towards a good environmental status

·To evaluate the results and determine the feasibility and effectiveness of captive breeding, checking whether the methodology is efficient as generalizable conservation strategy

· To define a program of fish and water management that shows the impact to be derived from the project (areas to be protected, operating procedures, tools required, etc.), for its subsequent implementation post-LIFE.

· To share knowledge gained with scientific groups and authorities for biodiversity conservation

· To disclose the problems and solutions to the general public

Budget: 2.429.049,00 euros

% European Union contribution: 50

Duration: from 02/06/2014 to 31/08/2018

 

Coordinating Beneficiary

CONFEDERACIÓN HIDROGRÁFICA DEL DUERO

C/ Muro, 5 47071 Valladolid

 

 

 

Associated Beneficiaries

JUNTA DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN. CONSEJERÍA DE FOMENTO

Y MEDIO AMBIENTE.

C/ Rigoberto Cortejoso, 14

47014 Valladolid

 

 

FUNDACIÓN PATRIMONIO

NATURAL DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN

Cañada Real, 306 47008 Valladolid

 

 

CONFEDERACIÓN HIDROGRÁFICA DEL TAJO

Avenida de Portugal, 81.- 28071 Madrid

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT IS TO PROTECT AND LAY THE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE RECOVERY OF NATIVE ENDEMIC CYPRINIDS POPULATIONS OF INTEREST (ANNEX II OF THE HABITATS DIRECTIVE), WHICH ARE LOCATED IN SCIs OF SOUTHWEST OF SALAMANCA; DUE TO THEIR SPECIAL FEATURES OF DISTRIBUTION AND THREAT, THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SPECIFIC ACTIONS, IN PARTICULAR:

Preparatory actions

Conservation Actions

Follow-up Actions and Monitoring

Actions Disclosure and Public Participation

Management actions

LIFE13 NAT / ES / 000772

ACTIONS TOWARDS THE PROTECTION AND CONSERVSTION OF IBERIAN CYPRINIDS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

In all the project SCIs, the following five species, listed in Annex II of the Habitats Directive, are presented:

 

• Chondrostoma polylepis

• Rutilus lemmingii

• Rutilus arcasii

• Rutilus alburnoides

• Cobitis taenia

 

In this regard it should be noted that there has been a change in the taxonomic classification of these species. The most important taxonomic changes are:

 

• Currently, Chondrostoma polylepis has been split into two species, both in the project area: the actual Chondrostoma polylepis (boga de rio), which today is called Pseudochondrostoma polylepis; and another species that is typical of the Duero basin, called Pseudochondrostoma duriense (boga del Duero).

 

• The species Rutilus lemmingii has been divided into two different species: Iberochondrostoma lemmingii (pardilla) and a new species called Achondrostoma salmantinum (Sarda) located in the project area. This new species is listed by UICN as Endangered, and it is endemic only in the area of action that corresponds to the Duero basin.

 

• Currently Rutilus arcasii is called Achondrostoma arcasii

 

• Currently Rutilus alburnoides is called Squalius alburnoides.

 

• A similar situation occurs to Cobitis taenia, which currently corresponds, in the area of action, with two other different species, Cobitis paludica (Colmilleja) and Cobitis vettonica (Colmilleja del Alagón). The latter species is listed by UICN as Endangered, and it is endemic only in a particular area of the Duero and Tajo basins, mainly in the scope of this project.

 

 

Other native cyprinids species of interest in the project area are:

 

• Squalius carolitertii

• Squalius pyrenaicus

REPRODUCTION

cyprinid

CAPTIVE

 

 

COMMUNICATION

AND INTERPRETATION

ENVIRONMENTAL

 

WORKS BY

IMPROVEMENT

ENVIRONMENTAL

 

 

PERFORMANCES FOR THE PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION OF IBERIAN OF COMMUNITY INTEREST cyprinids LIFE13 NAT / ES / 000772