The LIFE BASSES project, awarded by the European Commission

Entrega premis maig 2011 The European Commission has selected the LIFE BASSES project of the Consell Insular de Menorca as one of the top six projects that were completed in 2010: ''The best of the best LIFE Projects''

BASSES LIFE project ''Management and conservation of Mediterranean temporary ponds on the island of Menorca'' has been selected as one of the best LIFE project ended in 2010 after an international score involving the 27 member countries of the European Union. An award ceremony will be held on Wednesday the 25th of May in Brussels during Green Week, where the Consell Insular de Menorca will receive the award.

The criteria taken into account by Member States for the selection of the best LIFE projects include: improvement of the conservation status of the species/habitats targeted at project sites; the short-term leverage effect of the project (ie additional resources mobilised during the project); the extent to which the species/habitats targeted at project sites have attained long-term sustainability and fully favourable conservation status; the long-term leverage effect (ie resources and support mobilised to maintain and reinforce the improvements of conservation status in the long-term); regional/national/international impact.

Last March the European Commission informed the Department of Economics and Environment of the Consell Insular de Menorca that this project was among the 25 projects selected as best LIFE project ended last year. Between them and after a voting process involving experts from all member countries the top 6 have been selected. The decision was reported a few days ago by the LIFE Unit of the Environment Directorate-General to the 6 selected projects, which, besides being presented during the award ceremony will be included in a book edited by the European Commission in coming months.

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