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[Beniel joins the network of pollinating municipalities (03/12/2020)

The Beniel City Council and the Southeast Naturalists Association (ANSE) have established an agreement for the adaptation of pollinators to climate change.

This morning the mayor, Mª Carmen Morales, and the director of ANSE, Pedro Garc a, have signed the document that ratifies it.

Beniel joins a network of localities promoted by the aforementioned environmental NGO, with the aim of implementing measures of the National Strategy for the Conservation of Pollinators, recently approved by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demogr Challenge Graphic. This new framework of collaboration between both entities establishes the importance of the conservation of pollinating insects, especially in urban areas.

For this, the City Council, after signing the agreement, will carry out actions aimed at promoting the planting of flowers in municipal spaces.

The first planting will take place in the Beato Ruiz Cascales park in an activity open to the public and participatory, which will take place on December 30 with prior registration. The councilor of the municipality has underlined during the signing of the agreement "Beniel's commitment to the protection of biodiversity and the adaptation of urban environments to climate change." Carolina Carrillo, Councilor for the Environment of the City Council, and Jorge S nchez, ANSE technician and biologist, have also participated in the ratification act of the agreement. The initiative is part of the project "Agricultural corridors for the adaptation to climate change of pollinator populations" with the support of the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, as well as the Naturgreen and Ecomil companies.

The project has the scientific supervision of the Murcian Institute for Agrifood Research and Development (IMIDA). Promotion of the recovery of the riverside forest in the Segura River as it passes through Beniel The Beniel City Council and ANSE have also strengthened their collaborative relationship with the implementation of a series of environmental adaptation actions in the R o Segura as it passes through the municipality.

In 2018, the association's staff carried out the first phase of a project to create riverside forest in an urban stretch of the river.

After more than two years, the first aspens planted by ANSE in the area have already become an incipient riparian forest. This second phase of the work includes the cleaning of the area, with the clearing of invasive cane, respecting trees and planted species.

Also the installation of posters both in the group of lamos and in the "Jewish cane", a unique spice present in the area. In addition to these actions, ANSE collaborators have carried out this week a collection of rubbish from around the river, removing more than 150 kilos of waste, mainly liter beer bottles, soft drink cans and numerous bags snacks.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Beniel

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