The Western Pyrenees is an exceptional location for studying the thousands of birds which use the western European migration route each year. The Lindus-2 cross-border cooperation project continues the Lindus project's work to study bird migration in this zone between 2010 and 2014 A new feature of the scientific programme is the study of bats, which use this migration route in great numbers and even hibernate in Navarre.
As well as identifying and counting birds in four strategic areas (Lindus, Organbidexka, Portalet and Somport), Lindus-2 develops social awareness by working with eco-volunteers and through many other initiatives. The project also promotes eco-tourism linked to birdwatching in the Lindus area and showcases the natural and cultural heritage in the zone.
The main objective of LINDUS 2 is to develop an Integral Cross-Border Programme (PIT) for biodiversity, environmental education and ecotourism along the Pyrenean border based on migration studies and a volunteering and environmental training programme. The results of the programme will be of benefit to the scientific community, environmental experts, citizens and school pupils, as well as regional stakeholders including town halls and the local tourism sector in the Atlantic Pyrenees area.
The main actions taken forward in the project are as follows:
- Roll-out of a cross-border programme for studying migration by means of a bird observation campaign, annual reports and a bat migration study (thermal infrared imaging).
- Launch of a cross-border environmental education and training programme involving a volunteer programme, technical training for volunteers, environmental training for locals and visitors, environmental education for school pupils and environmental training around the project’s scientific work and the region’s natural heritage through summer universities in Burguete.
- Development of an integrated ecotourism strategy in the Auritz-Burguete area and training and information activities for local stakeholders (local politicians, hospitality sector, etc.).
- Communication and promotion of the project at different levels (communication plan, website, publicity, promotional video, leaflets, exhibitions, news dissemination, conferences and participation in special fairs).
Case mainly developed and implemented via objectives from other non-adaptation policies, though with significant consideration for climate change adaptation aspects.
Auritz-Burguete Town Hall (Navarre), the public company Gestión Ambiental de Navarra (GAN-NIK), the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO) and the Ligue Pour la Protection des Oiseaux - Association Locale Aquitaine (LPO).
The project is run by Auritz-Burguete Town Hall (Navarre), the public company Gestión Ambiental de Navarra (GAN-NIK), the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO) and the Ligue Pour la Protection des Oiseaux - Association Locale Aquitaine (LPO).
The total project budget is €1,417,039, of which €921,075 has been funded by the ERDF through the Interreg POCTEFA grants programme.
The project is part of the Interreg V-A Spain-France-Andorra programme (POCTEFA 2014-2020), specifically strand 3 (promote the protection, enhancement and sustainable use of local resources), investment priority 6dPI (protect and restore biodiversity and soil and develop ecosystem services, including throughout the Natura 2000 network of ecological infrastructure) and specific objective OE7OE (protect and improve the quality of cross-border ecosystems).
2016-2018 (3 years - in progress)