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lagunas mediterraneas temporales

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Temporary Pools
Vo lume 1\u2013 Issues relating to conservation,
functioning and management
Grillas P., P. Gauthier, N. Yavercovski & C. Perennou
Production: Station biologique de la Tour du Valat
Design: Tapages Publics
Illustrations: Sonia Viterbi
Translated from French by Janet Clayton and John Phillips
Cover: photos Jean Roch\u00e9 (above) and Dominique Rombaut (right)
\u00a9 2004 Station biologique de la Tour du Valat
Le Sambuc - 13200 Arles - France
Readers are invited to reproduce texts and illustrations featured in this publication
provided credit is given to the authors and to the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat.
All photos rights reserved. No photographic part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted
in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying
except as may be expressly permitted in writing from the publisher.
ISBN : 2-9103-6850-5
The LIFE \u201cTemporary Pools\u201d

The LIFE \u201cTemporary Pools\u201d project took place during the period 1999-2004. Its main objectives were to achieve the integrated management of seven sites in Mediterranean France and to develop management tools and met hods for these fragile habitat s which could be transferred to the Mediterranean scale.

The project was organised into seven sit e sect ions (cf . map) and two overarching theme- based sections \u201cAwareness raising\u201d and \u201cIntegrated management\u201d). The Tour du Valat was in charge of the \u201cIntegrated management\u201d section as well as the general coordination of the project. The ot her sections were delegated to six local operators. The cost of t he project was around 1,000,000\u20ac, of which 50% was financed by the EU and the rest by 12 or so partners.


European Commission, Minist\u00e8re de l\u2019Ecologie et du D\u00e9veloppe- ment Durable (MEDD) and its Directions r\u00e9gionales de l'environne- ment (PACA, Languedoc-Roussillon and Corsica), Languedoc- Roussillon region (Agence M\u00e9dit erran\u00e9enne de l\u2019Environnement), Corsica region (Office de l\u2019Environnement de Corse), Provence- Alpes- C\u00f4t e d\u2019Azur region (Agence R\u00e9gionale pour l\u2019Environnement : ARPE), Agence de L\u2019Eau Rh\u00f4ne- M\u00e9dit erran\u00e9e- Corse, Conservat oire de l\u2019Espace Lit t oral et des Rivages Lacust res, Conservat oire Bot a- nique Nat ional de Porquerolles, Conservat oire des Espaces Nat urels Languedoc-Roussillon, Conservatoire Etude des Ecosyst\u00e8mes de Provence Alpes du Sud (CEEP), Associat ion de D\u00e9f ense de la Nat ure des Pays d\u2019Agde (ADENA), Association de Gestion de la R\u00e9serve Naturelle de Roque-Haute, Ecosph\u00e8re, Institut M\u00e9diterran\u00e9en d'Ecologie et de Pal\u00e9o\u00e9cologie (Universit\u00e9 d'Aix-Marseille III), Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE),D\u00e9par t em en t s du Gard et de l\u2019H\u00e9rault, Office National des For\u00eats (Gard and Var).

Achievement s
The project \u2019s act ivit ies covered six major areas:
The furt hering of knowledge and t he drawing- up of management

Invent ories of the fauna, flora and human activities were made at most of the sites as well as more detailed studies of the species or locally important themes: percept ion of the pools by users and local players, a detailed inventory of the cupular micro-pools, monit oring of t hreat ened species, et c. The result s of t hese st udies served as the basis for measures proposed in the management plans drawn up for three of the sites.

Finally, an initial inventory of the temporary pools in Medi- terranean France was carried out, enabling over 100 sites sup- porting almost 1000 pools to be ident ified.

Cont rol over land ownership and land use

Control over land use by organisat ions for t he protect ion of nat ural habit at s is an essent ial prerequisit e f or any management of t em- porary pools. In tot al, over 83 hectares were acquired within the framework of the project. In addition, management agreements were made with owners (privat e or communal) on at least two sites, significantly increasing the area for which usage can be con- trolled in the mid term.

Management work

Experiment al management work t ook place on most of t he sit es: Scrub clearing, cleaning out, digging-out of a pool, pulling up invasive exotic species, restoration of a filled- in pool, etc. Most of this work was accompanied by careful monitoring of its impact, in order t o draw lessons t hat could be t ransposed elsewhere.

Raising awareness

The various site teams regularly interacted with and provided regular information to local inhabitants, elected political repre- sentatives and users. Numerous awareness- raising, communica- tion and environmental education initiatives took place: European \u201cGreen Days\u201d, events for schools, leaflet s, information panel s, web pages, post ers, educat i onal module, press art i cl es, TV programme, video casset t e, et c. Local events were organised t o encourage local inhabitants to prot ect the temporary pools.

On the global scale, a resolution calling for the conservation of temporary pools was drawn up by the project and adopted at the eight h Ramsar Conference in November 2002.

Int egrat ed management

This section provided the framework for discussion prior to all the management work undertaken. It also allowed permanent exchanges to take place between the managers of sites and the scientists involved in the project: exchange visits between sites, theme-based workshops, coordination of the network, etc. Finally, this management handbook was published. A final int er- national conference was also organised, bringing together almost 100 part icipants from all over Europe and t he Medit erranean region.

Coordinat ion

Permanent coordination between all these various activities and partners was organised throughout the project. A steering com- mit t ee was set up and meet ings organised, regular cont act s were maintained with the European Commission and all the partners in the project.

Map of LIFE Programme Temporary Pool sit es
C1: Padulu
Languedoc- Roussillon
L1: Etang de Valligui\u00e8res
L2: Notre- Dame de l\u2019Agenouillade
L3: Roque- Haute
Provence- Alpes- C\u00f4t e d\u2019Azur
P1: Besse et Flassans
P2: Colle du Rouet
P3: Plaine des Maures
Mediterranean Sea
Provence- Alpes- C\u00f4t e d\u2019Azur

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