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Estany de Sils: Management and restoration of a protected Catalan wetlands

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Soort werk
Landbouw, Natuur
3 t/m 17 augustus
Aantal deelnemers
24 (12 mannen en 12 vrouwen)

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The general objective of the work camp is to show the environmental reality of a territory and how to intervene in it by:
1. Contributing to the improvement and conservation of the Natural Area of Sils wetlands.
2. Knowing the biodiversity and the characteristic habitats of these humid zones
3. Knowing the land stewardship, the actors in the territory that participate and good practices.
4. Transmitting values of cooperation and respect towards the environment and its inhabitants.
5. Offering a space for exchange and discovery of the different realities of the participants, mainly in environmental issues and for the conservation and management of natural spaces.
6. Encouraging responsible consumption in every way. On the one hand, as an important measure for our environment; on the other hand, in the use of new technologies and other aspects related to the care of oneself and the community.
7. Promoting participants to become diffusers.
8. Showing Catalan culture through vividness and networking.

The technical work that will be done:
Sils Lake is a protected natural area included in the Plan of Spaces of Natural Interest (PEIN) of Catalonia. It is part of the European Network of Natural Spaces Natura 2000, which is at the core of European biodiversity policies.
In recent centuries, areas of natural flooding have receded and today they are scarce in Catalonia. In our Mediterranean context, the conservation of spaces such as the Sils Lake has become of the highest interest. Due to its special humidity and flood conditions, several species of flora and fauna characteristic of wetlands are still preserved in this area.
That is why the restoration of this area has been carried out since last year, to make it a biodiversity reserve of both fauna and flora and an important point of rest, food and shelter for a large variety of birds and other animals.
During the summer of last year, the third international field of work was carried out at Sils Lake in order to recover the sheet of water and restore the adjacent areas and infrastructure.
However, there were many tasks left to do due to the situation in the pond. That is why this year we want to continue with the work begun and focus on all the things that were left to us.
The spaces where volunteers will work are:
- Permanent lagoon.
- Old viewpoint.
- Water canal.
- Infraestructures.

Each space has associated tasks to be performed this year, of which a detailed technical sheet has been prepared for the work to be done, indicating the spaces where they will be performed.
These tasks are:
- Elimination of invasive flora.
- Make deeper two ponds.
- Nest box tracking.
- Maintenance and restoration of infrastructure.
- Fixation of points of insolation on the shores and garbage collection.

Onderstaande informatie komt direct van onze partnerorganisatie en wordt daarom niet in het Nederlands weergegeven.

The accommodation is located in the "Sala Cultural" of La Laguna (the local cultural center).
La Laguna is a space of about 800m2, with different rooms. On the one hand, at the bottom there is a very large entrance that is used as an entrance but also as a room for activities due to its capacity. And right next door it has a kitchen. On the other hand, there are separate boys and girls toilets, between this room and the large room. The large hall is about 510 m2, where all kinds of activities take place (plays, dances, etc.). This would be the sleeping and resting area for the participants.
At the top there are two more spaces, which would be "el galliner" and a very large corridor that is also used as a room for some activities. In addition, it has two offices and a material and cleaning room. The equipment has a kitchen with the basics and the food as much as possible will be organic.

The menu is balanced with fresh products every day so that it provides all the necessary nutrients with the environment in mind, but since they consume practically no fish and little meat, it means no meat is eaten daily. The participants will be organized in groups and will have to cook the food in rotation. There is a basic kitchen to be able to cook and also a microwave. It is not recommended that participants can eat and use the kitchen outside the established hours.
No problem if you are vegetarian, vegan and/or with allergies and/or intolerance; If there are vegetarian participants, they must say so at the time of registration because the organization will consider an alternative menu.
There will be a total of 5 meals throughout the day, breakfast early in the morning, a mid-morning break to eat fruit or snacks, lunch, afternoon snack and finally dinner.

The dining room is equipped with tables and benches, and there will be an area of toilets and showers. In addition, we hope to be able to go to the pool and, in our case, exceptionally, use the showers of that equipment.

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Sils will be your accommodation town in your stage in Catalunya. Sils is a municipality and town of the “comarca de la Selva”. It is located at the bottom of the “comarca” plain and its southern third was occupied until the mid-nineteenth century by the lake of Sils, which we will restore. The town has 6.093 citizens and it’s located near Girona, Lloret de Mar or Sta. Coloma de Farners.
Lake Sils is a protected natural area in accordance with the legislation of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and has been proposed to be included in the European Natura 2000 network. It is the remains of a lagoon that was drained in the past in order to obtain new farmland and fight malaria. However, thanks to the conditions of special humidity and the annual floods, species of flora and fauna characteristic of the humid zones are still conserved. In recent centuries, areas of natural flooding in Catalonia have suffered a major recession and are currently scarce in Catalonia. On the other hand, in a predominantly Mediterranean context, the conservation of natural spaces such as the Sils lake is one of the most interesting.

There will be leisure activities every day, and some days some excursions, here attached a list of the main activities that will be done:
- Knowledge activities
- Group cohesion dynamics
- Self management activities "Do it together"
- Bats observation
- Dynamic on gender
- Excursion to Can Moragues, headquarters of Fundació Emys. A country house, situated in Riudarenes, next to Sils.
- Excursion to Girona
- Excursion to Costa Brava town
- Excursion to Farners Castle
- Experience how we do human castles

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Emys Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of nature, specially wetlands and also the terrapin Emys orbicularis, that give the name to the Foundation.
Born in 2003, Emys foundation is located close to Riudarenes in a country farm called Can Moragues. Emys orbicularis is the native terrapin of Catalunya, north Africa and most parts of Europe. In 1987 a group of young people discovered through a talk that in his region there was an endangered terrapin, the Emys orbicularis. They decided to do something to help that species. Those people started doing custody agreements with local territory owners to protect ponds, streams and lakes. And this is how Emys Foundation starts.
Actually Emys orbicularis is still endangered because of the destruction of the habitat, exotic species and water contamination. In the Selva region we found the best preserved population in Catalonia with more than 500 animals..
The organization works with a conciliatory view, where the challenge is involving the owners, managers and users of the territory in the natural heritage values, its sustainable management and its long-term conservation. All this is done by voluntary work, land stewardship, research, conservation, education and consciousness-raising.
The organization has been ground-breaking in the field of amphibian and reptiles and has been awarded on different occasions. The research projects made by Emys Foundation receive advice from investigation groups of different Universities (University of Barcelona, University Autonoma of Barcelona, University of Girona and also the Aranzadi Science Society). The technicians of Emys Foundation are also university investigators and take part actively in the writing and publication of scientist articles, congress executions and technical conferences. All the information collected in the research projects of the Foundation is used to evaluate and improve our methods of natural environmental management.

Onderstaande informatie komt direct van onze partnerorganisatie en wordt daarom niet in het Nederlands weergegeven.

It is not a work camp adapted for people with physical disabilities.

Het inschrijfgeld voor dit project bedraagt € 345, exclusief € 50 korting voor studenten en jongeren onder de 18.


Estany de Sils: Management and restoration of a protected Catalan wetlands





Soort werk






Aantal vrijwilligers

24 (12 mannen en 12 vrouwen)


18 t/m 29 jaar