The Natura 2000 West Coast of Eivissa Management Plan consolidates the urban protection of the Cala d’Hort area.

Mar 25, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The document will be on public display for a month
On Thursday, the Official Bulletin of the Balearic Islands (BOIB) published the announcement of the start of the public exhibition of the Natura 2000 Network Management Plan “West Coast of Eivissa”. Interested parties have 30 calendar days to submit allegations, until 24 April, if they deem it appropriate.

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The Management Plan covers a total of 7,649.23 hectares spread over five terrestrial and marine areas of the Natura 2000 Network, all belonging to the municipality of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, and identified with the following codes and names:

ZEC/ZEPA ES0000078 Es Vedrà-Es Vedranell

SAC/ SPA ES5310023 Illots de Ponent d’Eivissa

SAC ES5310032 Cap Llentrisca – Sa Talaia

SAC ES5310104 Costa de l’oest d’Eivissa

ES5310031 Es Porroig SAC

These five SACs and SPAs contain 15 habitat types recognised by the European Union (EU), two of which are priority habitats. Also noteworthy is the richness and diversity of vegetation, as well as the birdlife that finds shelter on the coastal cliffs present on the islets of these areas. Some of the species that inhabit the area are endemic to the Balearic Islands.

Among the measures proposed is a ban on the construction of new single-family detached dwellings, as set out in regulation 10.5 of the Territorial Plan for the island of Eivissa. In this way, the current protection of the area is reinforced, with an environmental status superior to that of urban development.

In addition, the creation of the Ses Bledes and Es Vedrans Marine Reserves is proposed. Each of these areas will have a differentiated level of protection that will be developed within the framework of the creation of the marine reserves, so as to guarantee the protection of the gorgonian communities and the recovery of the fish populations, in accordance with the potential of the area.

The body responsible for fisheries will be in charge of approving the decree declaring these Marine Reserves, taking into account the provisions of this plan.

Another of the most important actions is the creation of an ecological corridor in the Torrent de s’Aigua, which connects the Cap Llentrisca – Sa Talaia and Porroig SACs. This is an area in which we can find several habitats of community interest, including the riverside forest, and unique species of the island of Ibiza.

The torrent, for example, is a feeding and/or breeding area for the only subspecies of endemic mammal Genetta genetta subsp. isabelae and numerous species of community interest such as the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) or the Balearic green toad (Bufotes balearicus). This amphibian has suffered a very strong regression on the island of Eivissa due to the loss of the ecological and water characteristics necessary to complete its reproductive cycle. The first actions included in the Plan in this area are related to the detection and control of invasive species.

The planned conservation measures are divided into five main groups: increasing knowledge for the effective improvement of Natura 2000 habitats and species; favouring the recovery of the types of habitats that require it; avoiding and/or correcting the degradation of the state of conservation of habitats and species; increasing the level of knowledge, awareness and active social participation in the conservation of Natura 2000 areas; and favouring cooperation between competent administrations.

The global value estimated for the execution of the conservation measures in the area under management amounts to €2,689,100, for the financing of which own funds and European aid lines will have to be used. The measure with the highest budget is the refurbishment and equipping of the lighthouse of sa Conillera for the creation of the environmental interpretation centre and support for scientific campaigns, valued at one million euros and to be assumed by the competent administrations.

The conservation measures are planned for a period of six years. The Management Plan does not have an expiry date, although it will have to be revised periodically. In this sense, it establishes the preparation of a tri-annual management report in which it is verified annually that the actions of the plan are being carried out as planned and that the results obtained are evaluated in terms of the objectives.

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