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Research, Development and Innovation projects (R&D)

IMPACTBOAR: Impacts of wild boar expansion on pasture plant communities, natural regeneration of tree species and forest keystone species in alpine and sub-alpine Pyrenean environments

This project is being carried out in the Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, with funding from the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs’ Autonomous National Parks Organization (OAPN). Minuartia participate in the project leaded by the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF). The main objective is to assess the impact of wild boar on habitats as sensitive as alpine and sub-alpine meadows and the species that live there. In addition, the study will assess whether climate change, which will lead to a shorter period of the year with frozen or snow-covered soil, could increase the presence of wild boar and therefore intensify the impact of the species on the area. The seasonal use by wild boar of habitats in the Parc Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici are being evaluated, as well its impact on pastures, tree species in forest ecosystems, and populations of small forest rodents that are essential to seed dispersal. The data will be used to propose management measures.

 

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R and D Development of technologies for control of alien invasive species in freshwater habitats.

Minuartia has launched a technological innovation project, in collaboration with universities and with the support of the Agency ACC1Ó Department of Business and Employment Government of Catalonia. This project began with the goal of transferring technology and knowledge from the world of research protocols, methodologies applicable to the resolution of conflicts and the impacts that certain invasive alien species of fauna (molluscs, crabs, fish, turtles , etc..) generate both in productive activities and on economic and ecological processes typical of freshwater environments. If you have conflicts with exotic species and would participate in the project contact us.

 

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R & D project impacts on wildlife due to habitat fragmentation by road infrastructure in Mediterranean wetlands.

Project undertaken with the Polytechnic University of Valencia and funded by the National Experimental Development Projects under the National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation, 2008-2011. Analysis of the impacts of transportation infrastructure on wildlife in three Mediterranean wetlands included in the Natura 2000 network: the natural parks of Aiguamolls, the Albufera of Valencia and the Pego-Oliva. Analysis of animal cruelty, effects of roads on bird communities, use of fauna passages, etc.. Preparation of a guide specifications to reduce the barrier effect and other impacts of roads and railways in wetlands. Collaborate on Natural Park Aiguamolls.

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