The Spain-Portugal transboundary area, with more than 2,600 km of coastline,
is home to more than 1,000 beaches and wetlands crucial for biodiversity
conservation. Although vital, this environment faces threats from human
activities. The coastal edge and wetlands are central to the EU Biodiversity

Strategy 2030, the Spanish Green Infrastructure Strategy and the Portuguese
Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Strategy 2030.

The Kentish Plover, a declining and endangered species, is key to this ecosystem. This project conceives the Kentish Plover as an umbrella species
that symbolizes the biological interest of this coastal area.

Therefore, Iberalex proposes actions for its conservation, seeking to improve its
status without compromising human recreational and extractive uses, adapting
to climate change and coastal erosion. The project includes 4 activities and 11
actions, focused on environmental education, training, reduction of recreational
impact, adaptation to climate change and habitat management.

A total area of 36,405 ha will be covered, with 28,855 ha in Natura 2000 and
2,133 ha in RAMSAR.
This project is co-financed by the European Regional Fund – FEDER through
the Interreg VI-A Spain-Portugal Program (POCTEP) 2021-2027.


To improve the conservation status of the Kentish Plover.

To establish a territorial planning and management model where
biodiversity conservation is integrated into society in general.

To increase knowledge of the Kentish Plover regarding its biology and
ecology to optimize its management and that of its habitats.