Demo-Site 12

Albera, Figueres

Pondscape description

  • Landscape area
  • 25 km²
  • Number of Ponds
  • 23
  • Ponds included in the stratified sampling (WP2)
  • 6
  • Pond sizes (m2)
  • 450 to 62000
  • Pond depth (m)
  • 0.5 to 1.5
  • Pond age (years)
  • 6 to since ever
  • Country
  • Catalonia / Spain
  • Name of the Pondscape
  • Albera/Temporary Figueres Mediterranean Mediterranean Mediterranean Scrub Ponds
  • Name of neighboring large zone town
  • Figueres
  • Bioclimatic zone
  • Mediterranean
  • Land use
  • Mediterranean Scrub


NBS for mitigation/adaptation to CC that can potentially be highlighted as a best-practice at the European or CELAC scale

The pond network is situated at the foot of the Albera mountains, the main easternmost prolongation of the Pyrenees. This natural area is typically Mediterranean (climate and vegetation) and the ponds are small, dystrophic, rich in humic compounds, and located on quaternary materials. Most of these ponds are temporary, and included on the type “3170 *Mediterranean temporary ponds” of the European Habitat Directive. This natural area plays an important role as it lies on the bird migratory route across the Pyrenees. The ponds are home to priority plants like: Isoetes duriei, Isoetes setacea, Isoetes velata, Marsilea strigosa, Cardamine parviflora and Utricularia australis. Moreover, these ponds are relevant as an amphibian breeding site and recognized for their aquatic invertebrates due to its particular temporary hydroperiod.

Web sites:

Inventory web site (UVic-UCC): Mediterranean temporary ponds. Biodiversity refuges that need protection.

Inventory web site (Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural): Inventari de zones humides de Catalunya.