Delta de l’Ebre

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Delta de l’Ebre was designated as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site) under the Ramsar Convention on 26 March 1993.
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Fluvial delta, including shallow coastal waters, beaches, dunes, coastal lagoons, salinas, freshwater marshes, and freshwater pools fed by groundwater springs.

Waterfowl (around 250,000 in winter and about 50,000 in the breeding station), including Larus audouinii, Phoenicopterus roseus, Plegadis falcinellus, Glareola pratincola, Sterna sandvicensis, Larus genei, Emberiza schoeniclus witherbyi, etc. Also endemic fishes: Aphanius iberus, Valencia hispanica, and plants (Zygophyllum album, Limonium vigoi).

Human activities include hunting, fishing, shellfish harvesting, tourism, agriculture, salt works, and limited aquaculture and livestock rearing.

Important traditions related to fishing, hunting, navigation, and water managing.

Two visitor centers with washrooms and toilets, environmental guides, some info points in the summertime, and garbage collection but not everywhere.

  • Regulation of activities (hunting, fishing, tourism);
  • Surveillance in nesting areas;
  • Monitoring of habitats and species;
  • Ex-situ conservation: Valencia hispanica, Emys orbicularis…;
  • Wetland restauration; and
  • Hydrological management of wetlands.
  • Adaptation to climate change, particularly to rising sea levels;
  • Obtaining and granting enough water supplies in terms of quantity and quality;
  • Implementing more environmental friendly rice farming;
  • Expansion of invasive alien species; and
  • Controlling recreational and tourist activities.

It doesn’t exist yet, but it’s being drafted.

Latest updates of these informations: June 2020

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