ACECA

ACECA is a project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (FEDER) through the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal Programme (POCTEP 2014-2020), has a budget envelope of 5,560,221.66 euros (ERDF funding of 4,170,166.24), whose main objective is to develop a Comprehensive Plan to combat the invasive species Eichhornia crassipes, ACECA is a project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal Programme (POCTEP 2014-2020), has a budget envelope of 5,560,221.66 euros (ERDF funding of 4,170,166.24), whose main objective is to develop a Comprehensive Plan to combat the invasive species Eichhornia crassipes, commonly called Camalote or Water Hyacinth, which includes its withdrawal, by extraction by mechanical and human means, containment, control and surveillance actions to prevent the dispersal of this species beyond the border with Portugal.

To whom we are addressing

ACECA is aimed at collectives, associations, administrations and the general public in order to report on the methodology used in the elimination of this invasive species as well as to raise awareness of the negative effects it causes on the river.

How we do it

ACECA is implemented through 4 actions:

  • Activity 1: Detection, containment and removal of Camalote: It is intended to slow down the expansion with the removal of large Camalote stains using specialized machinery and placing barriers for containment.
  • Activity 2: Prevention, control, surveillance and alert: An alert network is created to locate small sources of invasion for subsequent withdrawal.
  • Activity 3: Analysis, studies and research in the fight against the Camalote: New lines of research and trial of alternative methods of control of the invasive species will be opened.
  • Activity 4: Creation of joint action protocol: Creating a protocol of action between Spain and Portugal to improve coordination and unify criteria for action in the joint fight against the invasive species Eichhornia crassipes (Camalote).
  • Activity 5: Management and coordination: Coordination and financial management of the project
  • Activity 6: Communication: It is intended to make known, to all the sectors involved and to the general public, the work to combat the invasive species Camalote carried out by the group of partners within the framework of the ACECA project, as well as to spread the knowledge about the invasive species and raise awareness of the economic, social and environmental risks caused by its invasion.

Expected results:

– Get to remove the Camalote from the stretch between Merida and the border with Portugal.

– Prevention, control and surveillance of the river and prevent the invasive plant from collapsing the great Lake of Alqueva.

– Protocol of joint action between Spain and Portugal for the control of the camalote on the Guadiana River.

– Get new methods of disposal of Camalote.