ACTIONS IMPLEMENTED BY THE REGIONAL MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE IN THE LIFE PROJECT
The actions undertaken by the Regional Ministry of Agriculture have included the production of halophilic plants for the restoration of sparto grasslands and native woody plants for the recovery of river basins and borders of the wetlands.
The production took place in the Malagón nursery (Ciudad Real) under similar conditions to those that the plants will suffer on site. More than 40,000 plants were produced of the species included in the Limonietalia formation such as: Lygeum spartum, Limonium carpetanicum, Limonium dichotomum, Limonium erectum, Juncus maritimus, Lavatera triloba; And woody plants as: Tamarix canariensis y Tamarix gallica, Populus alba, Quercus ilex, Quercus coccífera, among others.
Plot purchase: the Regional Government has developed for many years a programme for purchasing the plots in or near the wetland which has proved to be the best solution for the protection and restoration of the La Mancha wetlands. This acquisition has been gradually implement, according to the budget restrictions now increased by the current economic situation. The financing through the LIFE La Mancha Wetlands was an opportunity to support this program. About 274 hectares (ha) have been purchased in total. They are located in basins or areas around the wetlands. They are high-value areas because they host species of priority conservation and of interest for the Habitats and Birds Directives
In parallel, the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha elaborated the Management Plan for La Mancha and the area was declared as Special Conservation Area (SCA) in the Natura 2000 network.