Paul Donatiu (left) and the PMR officer Patricia Pérez-Rovira (right) visits the PMR 'Platja d'Almenara', a coastal dune site seriously threatened by the marine erosion during the last years. This PMR holds the unique remain of continental populations of the Ibero-Balearic endemic Silene cambessedessii. © E. Laguna, 31.05.2010
In a recent visit, the coordinator of the Association for National Parks of Queensland (Australia), Mr Paul Donatiu, visited the Valencian Community (Spain) to know in situ the success of the Plant Micro-Reserve (PMR) initiative, which currently reaches 273 protected sites for wild plants. The Valencian PMR team and expertises of the Generalitat Valenciana's CIEF (Centro para la Investigación y Experimentación Forestal), as well as Dr. Josep A. Rosselló (University of Valencia Botanical Garden and Carl Faust Foundation at Blanes, Girona) provided technical advice to Paul Donatiu and discussed about the role of PMRs and other conservation designations to ensure the protection of small refugees for wild plants and relictic vegetation, both for glacial relicts and thinking of the effects of climatic change.