The touring exhibition “The forests of the river, the great strangers” of the LIFE Alnus project has started its journey through several villages in Catalonia at the University of Vic. This exhibition is intended to raise awareness of the riverside or riverbank forests, which despite being one of the most biodiverse forests, most people have little knowledge about them.
The exhibition consists of eight interactive panels in Catalan that collect the objectives of the European LIFE Alnus project. The CHAtU technology has been used in its design to facilitate public access to digital content related to the exhibition and to the Spanish-language and English-language versions. The incorporation of CHAtU devices to the exhibition has allowed to increase the number of informative elements that it has and also to disseminate its content in other languages without the need to add further physical elements, thus contributing to the rational use of resources.
This exhibition is part of the LIFE Alnus project, which has the participation of the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera. Other partners are the Centre de Ciència i Tecnologia Forestal de Catalunya, the Centre d’Estudis dels Rius Mediterranis, the city hall of Granollers, the Agència Catalana de l’Aigua and MN Consultors en Ciències de la Conservació.
The LIFE Alnus project experimentally develops at an regional level (Catalonia) an alternative strategy for the conservation of Mediterranean alder groves (habitat of community interest 91EO *) that allows reversing the regression and degradation of this riverbank habitat and creating an exportable model for rest of the Mediterranean biogeographic arch. The objective of the project is to develop conservation and restoration actions that serve as a model and are transferable to the rest of the Catalan basins and the Mediterranean area that suffer from the same conservation problems of these riverbank spaces.
LIFE Alnus is a European Union project of the LIFE Nature & Biodiversity program and has a duration of 4 years, until June 2021. The exhibition can be visited at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Vic until the beginning of January 2020 and then wil continue its tour of other places throughout Catalonia.