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Agreement with the City Council of Santa Coloma for the renaturation of the River Besòs

The rector of the UB, Joan Guàrdia, and the mayor of the City Council of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Núria Parlon, signed a collaboration agreement as part of the Renaturation project for the River Besòs and one of their main strategies, the creation of a Refuge for Biodiversity.

The UB will support the project through the academic activities at the Faculty of Biology, and the members of the faculty Dolors Vinyoles and Gustavo Llorente will take part in the Scientific Advisory Committee for the creation of the refuge for biodiversity. Both will provide their knowledge on how to create the ideal habitat conditions to host the native fish and amphibian species of the area and favour their reproduction.

The agreement is framed within the line of advancing in the evolution of the River Besòs towards an infrastructure that juggles the citizen use and the protection and recovery of the biodiversity and the improvement of the resilience of the river ecosystem regarding the climate change effects. The Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) and the City Council of Santa Coloma de Gramenet started the works of the renaturation project last month, and they have started the search for funding through the Next Generation Fund.

The rector of the University of Barcelona, Joan Guàrdia, stated that the new agreement “is a great opportunity because it completes the aim of a public university, knowledge transfer. Research is important, but it has to be useful to citizens in the short term. The City Council of Santa Coloma is model as a catalyzer for this transfer process”

The mayor of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Núria Parlón, said that this agreement shows a “necessary alliance to build the renaturation project” and is convinced that “it will help the scientific, pedagogic and citizen dissemination of the river renaturation”. “The River Besòs