Conservation of the Marbled Teal

Elx becomes the European epicenter of marbled teal conservation work, a bird in critical conditionwhose small population lives mainly in the vicinity of the Doñana National Park and the Elche Wetlands.

In order to continue to advance in the work of conservation of this species, the partners of the LIFE Sarcelle Pardilla project meet at the Palais des Congrès on November 30 to celebrate their 5th management committee, a meeting whose objective is to share the progress of the actions of the project and to take consensual decisions as to its execution.

In addition, On Wednesday, December 1, 2022, there will be another meeting of the Marbled Teal Working Group, coordinated by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.

Esther Díez, Councilor for the Environment, pointed out that “the fact that Elche hosts these two important events places our municipality as the epicenter of management for all work being done to combat the extinction of the Marbled Tealas well as our commitment to conserve this species and its habitats”.

In this regard, it is important to note that From the Department of the Environment, we actively participate in the various actions carried out within the framework of the LIFE project, more precisely in the Communal Natural Space of Clot de Galvany. These actions include improvement of Marbled Teal habitat, rehabilitation and rehabilitation of ponds; construction, installation and monitoring of nests; or tagging and installing transmitters to provide Marbled Teal monitoring data in the wetland, in addition to providing logistical support,” the mayor explained.

LIFE project

The LIFE Cerceta Pardilla project aims to improve the conservation status of 3,000 hectares of wetlands in order to reverse the risk of extinction of the Marbled Teal, the most endangered duck in Europe, which is currently in critical condition. For this reason, it has undertaken a series of actions to strengthen the status of its populations in the natural environment, improve the status of wetlands and scientific knowledge of the species.

Among the latest advances in the project, we can highlight: the acquisition of 55 hectares of wetlands in the Natural Park of El Hondo, by SEO/BirdLife and ANSE, where habitat improvement works are already in courses, awareness-raising activities in the centers around the Natural Park of El Hondo, the release of more than 1,400 Marbled Teal born in two of the benchmark captive breeding centers. Similarly, an assessment of the variability and genetic structure of captive and wild populations of Marbled Teal was carried out, which allowed us to expand our knowledge of the species. 72 nesting boxes were also installed and measures to control Marbled Teal predators were put in place.

In addition, a first draft of the updated conservation strategy has been drafted marbled teal, coot and white-headed duck.

LIFE project partners

As part of the project coordinated by the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, The Ministry itself participates as a partner, through the Segura Hydrographic Confederation and Tragsatec; the Junta de Andalucia, through the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Blue Economy and the Environment and Water Agency; the Valencian Generalitat; the Government of the Region of Murcia, as well as the organizations SEO/BirdLife and ANSE. It benefits from the contribution of the LIFE Program of the European Union and the Directorate General for Water.

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