During the month of March, a total of 310 students from five schools in the Region of Murcia have carried out different tasks and actions of environmental volunteering in the Salinas and Rambla Salada channel, located in the Protected Landscape of Ajauque Wetland and Rambla Salada, in Fortuna.
The students have participated in tasks that the association La Carraca performs permanently in the Protected Landscape, such as the planting of indigenous plant species typical of salt marshes and gypsum, collection of plastic waste, monitoring and classification of aquatic invertebrates as indicators of quality of the water from the runway and the salinas.
But especially the students have received their "salary", participating in the salt harvest in the salt flats of Rambla Salada, thus contributing that this public patrimony is alive and avoids the abandonment to which the volunteers of the La Carraca Association have decided rescue.
The development of this project of nature conservation and volunteering serves to promote the actions that the LA CARRACA association is developing in the Nature and Salinas Classroom of Rambla Salada (Fortuna), which it manages with a Territorial Custody agreement with the Directorate General of the Natural Environment, with which since 2013 offers the educational activity to schools and public in general, to know the interior saltworks of the Region of Murcia, the saline landscapes and the flora and fauna that inhabit them.
During 2018 and 2019 a multitude of volunteer actions are being carried out in this place and other natural spaces thanks to the collaboration with the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry of Transition Ecology, in the development of the Volunteer Program in Rivers and Custody of the Territory and the Association La Carraca, which got through the General Directorate of Cultural Property of the Region of Murcia, declared Salinas de Rambla Salada, as an Asset of Cultural Interest, in the section of Ethnographic Place of Interest, being one of the nine salinas Iberian that holds this protection, of the more than 250 Iberian salt pans that make up this heritage, as rich as forgotten.
The conservation objective of this project, takes as an emblem the evergreen plant, also known as mayos and sopaenvino (Limonium caesium), highly appreciated for its spectacular flowering and endemic species of Murcia and Alicante, which inhabits inland salt marshes and It flowers between the months of April and May.
Five institutes of secondary education of the Region of Murcia, have participated in this project to contribute their knowledge and conservation of the ramblas and salinas of interior: The centers are IES ALJADA, IES SANGONERA LA VERDE, IES GIL DE JUNTERÃ“N, IES JULIAN ANDÃšGAR, IES FLORIDABLANCA.
Source: Asociación LA CARRACA