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Group of research in continental aquatic Ecology (GRECO)

Conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems

Line of research:

Permanent investigators: Dani Boix, E. García-Berthou, Stéphanie Gascón, R. Moreno-Amich, Xavier D. Quintana, Anna Romaní, Sergi Sabater, Anna Vila-Gispert, Lluís Zamora

THE GRECO has had an important participation in European projects LIFE and other projects of restoration or conservation, with strong interaction and support to town councils and other local administrations or to companies related with the management and treatment of the waters continental.

The group has coordinated the project Life Pletera  (LIFE13 NAT/ES/001001) of de housing development and recovery of the ecological functionality of the marsh of the Pletera, a zone partially urbanised in the coast of the Costa Brava. Formerly, the group coordinated two projects LIFE: “Restoration and ordering of the lagoons and coastal systems of the Ter Bass” (LIFE 99 NAT/E/00 6386) and “Recovery of the habitat of amphibians and Emys orbicularis in the Ter Bass” (LIFE04NAT/ES/000059).

Moreover, we have also carried out works within the framework of the following projects Life:

  • “Restoration of the aquatic environments of Porqueres and of Banyoles” (LIFE03 NAT/E/000067)
  • “Mediterranean temporary ponds. LIFE PONDS: management and conservation in Minorca” (LIFE05NAT/ES/000058)
  • “Conservación de stocks genéticos de Aphanius iberus en la Región de Murcia” (LIFE04/NAT/ES/000035)
  • “Riparis recovery of habitats of the Ter river (Riparia-Ter)” (LIFE08 NAT/E/000072)

The group has also promoted the edition of the collection “Research and Territory” , where monographs about specific subjects, thought to collect that knowledge that allows to give support to the management of the coastal natural spaces, are included. Details of these projects Life and the volumes of this collection can be on the web of the Chair of Mediterranean Coastal Ecosystems .

Publicacions representatives:

Bagella S., Gascón S., Caria M.C., Sala J., Mariani M. A. & Boix D. 2010. Identifying key environmental factors related to plant and crustacean assemblages in Mediterranean temporary ponds. Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 1749-1768

Carmona-Catot G., Moyle P.B., Aparicio E., Crain P.K., Thompson L.C. & García-Berthou E. 2010. Brook trout removal as a conservation tool to restore Eagle Lake rainbow trout. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30: 1315–1323.

Gascón S., Boix D. & Sala J. 2009. Are different biodiversity metrics related to the same factors? A case study from Mediterranean wetlands. Biological Conservation 142: 2602–2612.

Ruhí A., San Sebastian O, Feo C., Franch M., Gascón S., Richter-Boix À., Boix D. & Llorente G. 2012. Man-made Mediterranean Temporary Ponds as a tool for amphibian conservation. Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology 48: 81-93.

Sabater S. & A. Elosegi (eds.) 2013. River Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities. BBVA Foundation.

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