Pioneering research project on the world stage for the large-scale recovery of Posidonia oceanica on seabeds, whose colonies form 'meadows' of a high ecological value for the marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean.
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The second edition of the ‘Observatory for Corporate Biodiversity Management Report 2016’ was presented, at the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid, said report includes noteworthy good practice in biodiversity undertaken by Red Electrica. The event was inaugurated by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Pablo Saavedra; the Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Jesús Muñoz, and the Secretary-General of the Sustainability Excellence Club, Juan Alfaro, and which was closed by the Director of the Biodiversity Foundation, Sonia Castañeda.
The Red Eléctrica’s Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Daniel Pérez Varela, presented the good practice published in the report ‘Use of Posidonia oceanic seeds and fragments for the recovery of seabeds’. He stressed the importance of this world-leading pioneering research project for its innovation in the large-scale recovery of Posidonia oceanica on seabeds, whose colonies form 'meadows' of a high ecological value for the marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean.
The study, through a collaboration agreement signed in 2013 with the Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), with an allocation of 206,000 euros and a duration of three years, is being carried out by the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA). It aims to establish a methodology to determine the optimal conditions for the reproduction of Posidonia oceanica to ensure its viability, and that can be used in the future to accelerate the restoration of Posidonia oceanica meadows by replanting seeds of this species germinated under laboratory conditions and fragments of the species obtained through natural fragmentation. The areas in which work has been carried out have been the Talamanca Bay (Ibiza) and the Santa Ponsa Bay (Majorca), in which plantations have been successfully grown with using over 1,000 germinated seeds and more than 500 cultured fragments of the species.
This R&D+I project is part of Red Eléctrica’s strategic commitment to the sustainable development and protection of biodiversity and the environment, and is associated with the undertaking of environmental protection measures included in the Ibiza-Majorca and the Ibiza-Formentera submarine electricity interconnection projects, which link up the island's electricity system, and the interconnection between Majorca and the Spanish Peninsula, which connects the Balearic Islands with the electricity systems of the Spanish peninsula and Europe.