Restoration, conservation, and resilience of mountain pine (Pinus uncinata) forests on limestone in the Pyrenees

Reference: LIFE21-NAT-ES-LIFE UNCINATA/101074730 | Acronym: LIFE21-NAT-ES-LIFE UNCINATA

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

LIFE UNCINATA’ aims to improve significantly the ecological integrity, biodiversity, resilience and governance of Pinus uncinata forests in the Pyrenees. Human-related pressures (climate change, land use changes, etc) threaten the habitat in the Pyrenees. The scope of this project is to make habitat less vulnerable to global change and to make human activities more compatible with its conservation. No other previous LIFE projects have directly targeted this habitat. LIFE UNCINATA will have an impact in all the regions where this habitat occurs in the Pyrenees. Catalonia and Navarra are partners of this proposal while the other regions will participate in Coordination and Expert Advisor Committees. Action will be implemented in 6 SACs hosting ca. 50% of the habitat in the Pyrenees, despite actual area is poorly known. Implementation is based on a previous cutting edge diagnose using innovative methodological tools, conservation planning at Pyrenean and SAC scales, and executive actions aimed to prevent or revert current pressures on the habitat. Key conservation actions proposed by the project are: a) Select mature forest stands to natural dynamics. b) Promotion of biodiversity-friendly practices, such as closer-to-nature. c) Wildfire protection of priority areas under current risk. d) Reduction of browsing pressure from domestic and wild ungulates e) Regulation of frequentation and recreational use. f) Education and awareness. These actions will have a synergical efect on the suitability of the habitat for species of conservation concern and of European interest. Also, LIFE UNCINATA has a broadly demonstrative scope, being the dissemination and transfer of knowledge a central axis of the project with potential effects beyond the habitat itself (e.g. to other mountain forests). LIFE UNCINATA* contributes to several specific objectives of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the LIFE program.LIFE per la millora de l'h?bitat de Pi Negre en s?l calcari.


ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


Reference: LIFE21-NAT-ES-LIFE UNCINATA/101074730
Acronym: LIFE21-NAT-ES-LIFE UNCINATA
Start Date: 01/12/2022
End Date: 30/11/2027
Total Eligible Budget: 3,736,434 €
EU Contribution: 2,802,325 €
Project Location:

CONTACT DETAILS


Coordinating Beneficiary: CONSORCI CENTRE DE CIENCIA I TECNOLOGIA FORESTAL DE CATALUNYA
Legal Status: PUBLIC
Address: CTRA SANT LLORENC DE MORUNYS KM 2, 25280, SOLSONA,
Contact Person: Victor Sazatornil
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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

NATURA 2000 SITES

Type Code Name
SPA ES0000018 Prepirineu Central català
SPA ES5120002 Capçaleres del Ter i del Freser
SPA ES5130003 Alt Pallars
SPA ES0000123 Larra-Aztaparreta
SPA ES0000022 Aigüestortes
SPA ES5130010 Serra de Boumort-Collegats

BENEFICIARIES

Name Type
GESTION AMBIENTAL DE NAVARRA SA Participant
FUNDACIO CATALUNYA LA PEDRERA - FUNDACIO ESPECIAL Participant
FUNDACIO PRIVADA INTEGRA PIRINEUS Participant
CONSORCI CENTRE DE CIENCIA I TECNOLOGIA FORESTAL DE CATALUNYA Coordinator
CENTRE DE LA PROPIETAT FORESTAL Participant
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA Y APLICACIONES FORESTALES Participant