Santander, September 22 (EFE).- Actions carried out over four years through the European project LIFE Stop Cortaderia have allowed this invasive species, known as pampas duster, to move inland from the coast, but, despite the objectives, the fight continues. .
SEO-BirdLife, various associations and the government of Cantabria, as well as other executives of the Atlantic Strip, have been fighting against Cortaderia celwana (Yerba or Pampas duster) for the last four years, with economic support from the region and Europe, to prevent this species from invading the Cantabrian coast. try
Objectives have been exceeded and the desire to continue the fight against an invasive species that affects the entire European Atlantic Arc continues, as Felipe González, head of Seo-Barlife in Cantabria, assured IF that they have stopped the spread of the feather duster. Inside the community and therefore, with effective methods for its eradication in the Spanish Plateau.
However, he warned that “a lot of work remains” and called for “stability” on the path identified so that the Cantabrian coastal regions do not return to the initial state they found themselves in four years ago.
Felipe González highlighted the importance of the fight against the feather duster which is rich in resources and local, regional, national administrations and companies collaborate to eradicate it.
SOS for transport against Duster
In addition, it sought the commitment of institutions such as the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, since there are “thousands of hectares” with plumarails on the road axes, which favor their expansion. According to this biologist, the ministry itself has to fight to eradicate it.
LIFE Stop Cortaderia ends on September 30, but the SEO-Birdlife spokesperson went on to say that the companies that supported its implementation, such as Amica, Ampros or Serca, want to seek European funding to continue the work carried out.
“We are looking for money to keep the fronts open,” said González, who celebrates that, after four years, it is already known that the eradication of feather dusters is “possible” and that this fight “impacts biodiversity.”
Duster breaks in the middle of Cantabria
Stop Cortaderia has been able to halt the progress of this invasive species in 58 of Cantabria’s 102 municipalities, eradicating specimens and restoring more than 300 hectares with native plants and species.
In addition, it has done so by hiring people with disabilities, who are in charge of field work, some crews that, according to Gonzalez, they also want to maintain.
Last May, the project won the Red Natura 2000 award from the European Commission in the category of socio-economic benefits, and the jury highlighted the empowerment it means for people with disabilities in the world of work.
To take stock of this four-year project, Cantabria’s Department of Rural Development, which has joined the eradication of this feather chandelier through Cantabria’s Locust Eradication Plan, organized a meeting this week with those who participated. initiative
In this meeting, together with 60 experts, Counselor Guillermo Blanco spoke of the “more than positive” balance of the project.
“The duster is perhaps, because of its own biological characteristics, the best example of an invasive species where efforts on a piece of land may be futile,” admits Blanco, who calls for “greater commitment.” Ministry of Transport.
The meeting was not only about theoretical sessions, but also technical workshops to learn more about the ecology and biological and physical control methods of feathered crickets, with presence in Kuchia wetlands or the old Solvay Quarry, where SEO / Birdlife has done various restoration work.
The results of scientific research carried out by the Polytechnic School of Coimbra (Portugal) or the impact of feather chandeliers on biodiversity or on public health through research carried out by the Valdesilla Institute (EDIVAL) and the Cantabrian Hospital itself. And
Pablo Ayrebe Casales