La Initiative PIM pour les Petites Iles de Méditerranée, in collaboration with the Generalitat Valenciana, the Conservatoire du litoral and Javea Town Hall is holding the campus 'Islands of Xàbia', a field investigation in the islands and islets of the southern coast of Xàbia.
In this project, in which an international team composed of more than 22 specialists in flora and fauna works, the objective of this project is to complete a diagnosis of the situation of biodiversity, invasive species, monitor seabirds and planting for recovery. of flora species in extreme danger. This joint initiative will allow to know in depth the state of conservation and define an action plan for l'Illa
del Descobridor, Portitxol and other small islands along the coast of Xàbia.
The coast of Xàbia is included in the area of the Natura 2000 Network 'Penyasegats de La Marina', declared by the Generalitat Valenciana as a Site of Community Interest (SCI) in 2001 and as a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA) in 2009 for its interest for seabirds.
And the fact is that the peculiarity of this space - with a group of islands - makes it a suitable place for the conservation of threatened species and the reintroduction of extinct ones. That is why the islands have been periodically visited by technicians from the Generalitat's Wildlife Service to study their flora and fauna.
Interest in its conservation increased since the alliance with the PIM initiative 'Petites Iles Mediterranees' and
with the increasing pressure that the coastline of Xàbia supports, which makes it more urgent to defend and recover its natural heritage.
In addition to the project on the islands, the PIM is willing to open new avenues of collaboration with the City Council to promote actions aimed at the sustainability of the coastline. In this sense, officials of the entity have met this morning with the mayor, José Chulvi, and the Councilor for the Environment, Toni Miragall.