The project aimed at increasing the population of Iberian lynx submitted to financing by Portugal and Spain, last year, obtained approval in the final selection phase, the Nature Conservation Institute (ICN) announced this Wednesday.
“LYNXCONNECT” will receive funding from the “LIFE ACTION GRANTS” program, after the European Union communicated last month to all partners that the new project passed the different evaluation criteria, “both for consistency and technical-financial quality, as due to the added value ”.
The project continues the previous “LIFE + Iberlince”, which took place between September 2011 and June 2018 and through which it was possible to introduce the Iberian lynx into Portuguese territory, with a stabilized character, “which has not occurred since the end of the century ”, stressed the ICN, in a statement.
This project brings together 20 Iberian partners, including ICNF, Infrastructures of Portugal and the Intermunicipal Community of Baixo Alentejo (CIMBAL).
It implies a total investment of 18.5 million euros, with ICNF being slightly less than 1.5 million, with a financing rate of 60.67%, “which translates into a global community financing of almost 11.4 million euros, ”said the same source.
Portugal, through ICNF, Infrastructures of Portugal and CIMBAL, and with the support of other entities, intends to “consolidate the population created between 2015 and 2018 in the Guadiana Valley, to establish small population centers that reinforce connectivity with the subpopulations of Andalusia , Castilla-La Mancha and the Spanish Extremadura ”and, still, to consider the possibility of a new area of reintroduction, through the evaluation of potential territories that congregate the adequate conditions of habitat, food, natural continuity and“ tranquility and social acceptance for the establishment of a new population ”.