Name of organisation: Fundació CatalunyaCaixa
Funding support: Own funding / Project LIFE Delta Lagoon to restore the adjacent areas to the visitor centre
Number of staff: Approx 70 + approx 18 subcontracted
Number of visitors per year: estimated in around 10.000 (2012 1st year)
Overall aims of your centre
Explain the landscape in the Delta, specifically the saline areas, bird populations and human traditional activities like traditional fishing and salt production. Explain the LIFE Delta Lagoon project
Description of your centre
The centre is located in “Les Salines de la Tancada”, a site of 41,24ha owned by Fundació CatalunyaCaixa, near la Tancada lagoon and the Alfacs Bay in the Ebro Delta. Habitats present include the “sosar” (1420 in the Habitats Directive) and species like the fartet (Aphanius iberus) and the Limonium.
Types of CEPA work
The centre includes information on birds species presently in the site, a small salt production area, an exhibit on the year-round change of the landscapes in the Delta, information about the delta’s geomorphology, information on the LIFE projecte Delta Lagoon, and about the endemic fish species fartet (Aphanius iberus), traditional fishing techniques, etc.
Also includes a lookout with telescopes and a range of environmental education activities for schools, adapted to age and different thematics.
Which activities / projects have worked well, and why?
We have just opened the centre a few months ago. So far, the restoration of the marshes it’s been a great success as we already have seen nesting pairs of several bird species like Pied avocets (Recurvirostra avocetta), Little terns (Sternula albifrons) and Kentish plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus) in the restored area.
Also the presence of around 10 Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) is also a good sign.
Creating signage; site information; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures
Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools