Preliminary works for the recovery of the Prats of Albinyana are underway


The diversion of the rainwater drainage channel is essential for the restoration of the Nature 2000 Network

Work to divert the drainage channel of the Logistics Activities Zone is progressing at a good pace; preliminary work necessary to be able to promote the integral enhancement of the Prats d’Albinyana area, belonging to the Nature 2000 Network and located at the confluence of La Pineda, with the future ZAL and the port area. At the beginning of October, the kick-off was given to the works that will divert the trajectory of a channel that collects rainwater from Vila-seca and the A-7, C-31b and TV-3146 motorways. The project must be completed within eight months and represents an investment of nearly 940,000 euros.

Until now, all the water collected in Vila-seca and the three aforementioned roads crossed the lands that the future ZAL will occupy and completely crossed the Prats d’Albinyana area until it flowed into the sea, which would prevent the natural restoration of this habitat that the Port promotes, which is why these preliminary works are a requirement sine qua non to be able to move forward with the project to relaunch the Nature 2000 Network.

The first tasks were to clear the area, then the earthworks are underway. Then, a new earth canal will be built, with a section 6 meters wide at the base and 2 meters high, along a new route that will surround the future natural space. The length of the canal will be approximately 1,750 meters. Once the Port of Tarragona has been completed, the tender procedures for the execution of the environmental recovery works of the Prats d’Albinyana can begin.

More biodiversity on the coast
The natural space to be recovered has an area of ​​37.78 hectares. It is one of the two sectors that make up the Sèquia Major protected area, which is part of the spaces of the Nature 2000 Network as well as the Plan of Spaces of Natural Interest (PEIN). It should be noted that it is the largest protected humid coastal system between the Ebro Delta and the Llobregat Delta.

The objective of this project, included in the Port’s Agenda 2030 Sustainability Plan, is to protect the biodiversity of the coast and restore the ecosystem of wetlands. The entire restoration process, which involves an investment of 4.5 million euros from the Port Authority and which has been agreed with the Generalitat, will consist of three phases. In the first, the ecosystem will be recovered, the lagoon will be created, a riparian forest and a new stretch of beach will be planted. The second focuses on the recovery of the archaeological site of the Roman villa of Cal·lípolis. And the third and final phase will create trails, wildlife viewpoints and walkways, to facilitate an environmentally friendly visit.

Reintroduction of species
The creation of a lagoon of more than 10 hectares will be one of the most significant enhancement actions. The lagoon will allow the reintroduction of species such as the brook turtle, the pond turtle or the petet. Within the lagoon, an islet of nearly 27,000 m² will form which will allow the nesting of birds such as Audouin’s gull. A riparian forest will be created around the large lagoon with over 13,000 trees and 45,000 plants and shrubs. This forest will favor the presence of other birds such as bats, improving their habitat. In addition, mechanisms will be put in place so that other lagoons can form naturally on the beach. The new stretch of beach and the 500 meter diversion of the Prats dike will favor the presence of the loggerhead turtle.

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