Description of the project

Project title: Project of range expansion, and population size of the priority species Fringilla  polatzeki

Project Acronym: LIFE+PINZON.

Site of the Proyect: Gran Canaria, environment of the Cumbre.

Scheduled dates: 16/09/2015 a 15/02/2020


  Beneficiary Coordinator:  TRAGSA,S.A.

  Associated beneficiaries:

  • Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Emergencias del Cabildo de Gran Canaria.
  • Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente del Gobierno de Canarias.

Total project budget: 1,123,860 €.

EU financial contribution: 674,316 €  (= 60.00% of total eligible budget).

Project summary:

The target species of the present project proposal is the Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea polatzeki), listed in the Annex I of Birds Directive under consideration of “priority species.” In addition, the project action area is located entirely within the Natura 2000 network.

Furthermore, the proposed actions are included in the Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch Recovery  Plan (2013) and the European Action Plan for the Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea)  (1996, 2010 revision).

Moreover, the project foresees measures aimed to control exotic species that threaten the conservation of priority species such as Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch. Such is the case of the cat, for which control, the use of traps has been put forward in order to minimize the pressure exerted by this predator on populations of the target species.