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LIFE15 NAT/ES/000757

Project of conservation of an only species to the world



Evolution of the project Life Tritó Montseny


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Life Trito Montseny Press conference

23/02/2017 12:09 h.

This February has taken place the presentation of the project Life Trito of the Montseny (Calotriton arnoldi) at the Barcelona Zoo

The Diputació de Barcelona, the Generalitat de Catalunya (through the Department of Territory and Sustainability and Forestal Catalana), the Diputació de Girona and the Zoo of Barcelona are the project's partners.

This project, coordinated by the Barcelona Provincial Council, aims to improve the conservation status of amphibians and their riverside habitat and will last four years, until December 2020. The project, with a budget of EUR 2.97 million, 60% of which comes from the European Union and the remaining 40% from the partners, was presented at the Barcelona Zoo (where there is an amphibian breeding centre), by representatives of the different institutions and organisations involved.
This amphibian (Calotriton arnoldi) is a critically endangered species listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is one of the two most endangered amphibians in Europe, along with a frog endemic to the Greek island of Karpathos (Pelophylax cerigensis). Along these lines, the Life Trito del Montseny project seeks to improve the conservation status of amphibians and their riverbank habitat.


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IX Meeting of studious of the Montseny

21/11/2016 09:42 h.

The first presentation of the Life Tritó Montseny project was made within the framework of the IXth Meeting of studious of the Montseny.

The IX Meeting of studious of the Montseny took place at the La Garriga theatre - El Patronato, on 17 and 18 November 2016. Like the eight previous editions, it was a great opportunity to increase information to support management, exchange experiences, increase knowledge and, above all, add synergies in favor of the conservation of Montseny's natural and cultural heritage.

The Life Triton Montseny project aims to improve the conservation status of the Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi) and its riparian habitat.

The project opened the day with a presentation where they participated, among others: Mr. Jesús Calderer, deputy of Natural Spaces of the Diputación de Barcelona, Mr. Lluís Costabella, deputy of Environment of the Diputación de Girona, Mr. Ferran Miralles, general director of Environmental Policies of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Mr. Albert Benzekry, fourth deputy mayor and alderman of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Mr. Albert Benzekry, fourth deputy mayor and councilor of the Regional Government of Catalonia; Mr Gabriel Esquius, CEO of Forestal Catalana, SA, and Mr Josep Maria Alonso, Head of Research and Conservation at the Zoo, to replace Ms Carme Lanuza, Director of Zoo de Barcelona.

Mr. Daniel Guinart and Ms. Joana Barber also spoke, explaining the objectives  of the Life Trito Montseny project, and conservation management, based on research and monitoring, in the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve.


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First visit from the external monitor of NEEMO

30/01/2017 09:38 h.

Life Tritó Montseny receives her first visit from the NEEMO agency monitor. Conducted an evaluation of the first few months of project management.

The monitor assigned by the European Commission for the Life Tritó Montseny project met with the project partners (Diputación de Barcelona, Diputación de Girona, Generalitat de Catalunya, Forestal Catalana SA and Barcelona Zoo), at the Diputación de Barcelona headquarters.

The first day of the seminar was devoted to the first months of project management and the most relevant aspects were discussed. The external monitor made a first review of the costs incurred by the partner, and of the budget foreseen for the period 2016-2020. In the afternoon, we visited the facilities of the Barcelona Zoo  and the house that will be built to expand the Montseny brook newt breeding center.

During the second day of work, the external monitor wanted to know the planned actions of the project and to this end, a visit was made to Montseny, by the hand of the technical coordinator of the project Diputación de Barcelona. Among others, visits were made to some of the spaces where there will be conservation actions aimed at ecological connectivity in the infrastructures, or remodeling of water systems, and the main actions that will take place in the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere of Reserve (PN-RBM).

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First steps of the project

03/10/2016 09:40 h.

The Life Trito Montseny project began in the last quarter of 2016 with the signature of the grant agreement by Mr. Jesús Calderer, deputy of Natural Spaces.

The first steps of the Life Trito Montseny project (LIFE15 NAT/ES/000757) took place during the last quarter of 2016 with the signing of the grant agreement by Mr. Jesús Calderer, deputy of Natural Spaces and the first meeting of partners.

The first meeting of partners, held at the headquarters of Diputación de Barcelona (project coordinator partner) was attended by representatives of all the partners benefiting from the project: Diputación de Girona, Generalitat de Catalunya and Zoo de Barcelona.

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Start of the Life Trito Montseny project

01/09/2016 09:36 h.

The European Commission approves the Life Tritó Montseny project (LIFE15 NAT/ES/000757) as part of the LIFE Program 2015 call for proposals.


The LIFE programme (the Financial Instrument for the Environment) is the only financial instrument of the European Union dedicated exclusively to the environment and includes among the actions financed are those aimed at nature conservation.

The Life Trito Montseny (LIFE15 NAT/ES/000757), is a conservation project of Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi): habitat management, population and environmental education.

Under this project title, the aim is to minimize specific threats that affect an endemic species and to promote the global benefit on biodiversity of an unfavourable habitat conservation status.

The Life Trito Montseny project proposes to implement, evaluate and disseminate a series of actions with the common objective of improving the state of biodiversity conservation in the Mediterranean aquatic ecosystem through the application of good practices in the use and extraction of natural resources.

The project also supports the development, implementation and management of the Nature 2000 Network since it will be implemented within the scope of the Montseny SCI (cod. es5110001) and will improve the management of the natural heritage and, in particular, two basic natural resources such as water and riverbank forest.