The EU has been funding projects for the conservation of natural resources in its member states via the LIFE-Nature fund since the 1990s. The aim is to protect and conserve the Sites of Community Importance (SCI) included in the Nature 2000 Network Proposals.
The Espai Natural de l’Estany, declared a Natural Interest Space (PEIN), features one of the most important hydrogeological ecosystems of the Mediterranean region of the Iberian Peninsula, comprising the Banyoles lake and surrounding group of small ponds.
The area has benefited from the LIFE-Nature Programme via the following Project: Restoration of the water environment of Porqueres and Banyoles for the 2003-2007 period.
The Project was awarded by the EC to the town councils of Porqueres and Banyoles. Both town councils are partnered by the Department of the Environment and Housing of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia) and the Fundació Territori i Paisatge of Caixa Catalunya. They are aided in the development of the actions and in the follow-up and evolution of the project by a scientific team from the University of Girona.
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