The entities that work with the European LIFE + ARCOS project to restore dune systems have organized a series of activities to celebrate European Natura 2000 Network Day on 21 May.
The -Directorate-General of Natural Environment of the Government of Cantabria has organized two activities to commemorate European Natura 2000 Network Day: on 17 May—in collaboration with the NACAR (Nature and Prison) Programme—project personnel, inmates and civil servants from the El Dueso Penitentiary will participate in an invasive species activity on the Cape weed at Berria beach (Santoña). And, on 18 May, disadvantaged and disabled groups will also work to extract Cape weeds and ice plant at Helgueras beach (Noja).
The University of Oviedo—with collaboration from the company Ecología Litoral, S.L. and the Friends of Barayo Association—has organized a volunteer day on 26 May on Barayo beach (city councils of Navia and Valdés), completed with a workshop on extracting the invasive plant and planting dune species. At 10:30 AM they will talk about the project objectives at the Barayo Partial Nature Reserve Interpretation Centre (village of Vigo, Navia). The workshop starts at 12:00 PM on the beach. Registration is still open on the project’s website www.arcoslife.eu.
The LIFE+ ARCOS project has been active for four and a half years (2014–2018) and is financed by the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union for a total of €945,428. Its work includes improving the conservation status of 10 dune ecosystems on the Cantabrian coast throughout the regions of Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country (Barayo, Verdicio, Vega, Liencres, Somo, Berria-Helgueras, La Arena, Laga, Santiago and Zarautz). The entities participating in this development project are: The University of Oviedo (beneficiary coordinator), Aranzadi Science Society, Government of Cantabria (Directorate-General of Natural Environment), Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Ecología Litoral S.L. and the Directorate-General for the Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea (Spanish Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture, Fisheries and Food); this directorate provides plants—free of charge—for restoration efforts via the dune garden centre of Loredo (Cantabria) while the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa provides plants for this area via the nursery centre of Arizmendi.