The LIFE BACCATA project (LIFE15 NAT/ES/000790) held on Wednesday 1st February 2017, at the Centre for Fire Defence (CDF) in León, the second meeting of its coordination team. In this new meeting, several aspects related to the implementation of the project were discussed, as well as the coordination of several tasks to be carried out in 2017.

The coordinating beneficiary of the project is IBADER of the Lugo Campus of the USC, and it has 3 associated beneficiaries: CESEFOR Foundation, Junta de Castilla y León and HAZI Fundazioa. The total budget is 1,925,104 €, 75% financed by the European Union (1,441,649 €), which is the maximum amount granted by the LIFE call for projects that are considered a priority for their execution and implementation.

The LIFE BACCATA project aims to improve the conservation status of the priority habitat type 9580* "Mediterranean forests of Taxus baccata" in 15 protected areas of the Natura 2000 Network in the Cantabrian Mountains, increasing its area of occupation, improving its structure and functionality, as well as its future prospects. The project also includes a series of measures for the dissemination and transmission of the results obtained, as well as an information and awareness-raising programme for the general public on the importance of the 9580* habitat, the biodiversity values harboured, and the services provided by the ecosystems treated by the project.