Project LIFE Posidonia website


The Posidonia fields constitute the largest and most important community along the Mediterranean coastlines due to their high levels of productivity and biodiversity, and the important role they play in the protection and stability of the coastline. In this sense, the fields constitute a mature ecosystem capable of modifying the environment of the locations where the fields establish themselves: trapping the sediment and thereby contributing to the cleanliness of the water, oxygenating the water during autumn and winter, and specially during springtime, and attracting numerous species of animals and plants that will make up the Posidonia community.

The local Ministry of the Environment of the Balearic Islands Government, being fully aware of both the value that this natural patrimony of Posidonia fields represents, and the need there is to protect them, has developed and put into action this project known as “ Protection of Posidonia Fields in SCI Areas (Site of European Community Interest) in the Balearics” and has done so in collaboration with the General Fishing Board, the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation and the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies.

This project has been financed by the European Commission’s decision taken on the 5th of July, 2001, under the framework of LIFE (norms that regulate the financing for environmental matters).