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Creating a genetically and demographically functional Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) metapopulation. (LIFE LYNXCONNECT)

The project LIFE 19NAT/ES001055 LYNXCONNECT ‘Creating a genetically and demographically functional Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) metapopulation (2020-2025)' is the fourth European Commission LIFE project for the Iberian Lynx conservation.
The previous LIFE project IBERLINCE ‘Recovery of the historical distribution for the Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) in Spain and Portugal (2011-2018)' was focused on the recovery of the historical distribution for the Iberian Lynx in the Iberian Peninsula, on its reintroduction in Portugal, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha, and on the consolidation of the reintroductions carried out by previous LIFE projects in Andalusia. After the achievements of IBERLINCE, LYNXCONNECT's main challenge is to make the Iberian Lynx population self-sustainable and genetically viable in the long term. This will be done by connecting the six existing nuclei and creating two new ones. All this will help to reduce the risk of extinction of this species.
LYNXCONNECT's main goal is to connect the existing Iberian Lynx nuclei into a functional self- sustainable viable metapopulation where gene flow between every nuclei is guaranteed. To do so a series of genetic-management actions will be carried out.
In addition, the project aims to achieve other specific objectives as decreasing the species' risk of extinction, to improve its population status, to reduce remaining threats, to implement conservation and habitat improvement measures via land stewardship tools and social involvement, and to update the Iberian strategy for the species.
LIFE LYNXCONNECT is a transnational cooperation project covering the entire distribution range of the species, participated by environmental and road-conservation administrations of two countries and four Spanish regional governments (Spain, Portugal, Andalusia, Castilla la Mancha, Extremadura and Murcia); environmental non-governmental organization (Adenex, WWF-España and Fundación CBD-Hábitat); hunters representatives (Fundación Artemisan); private companies (Fotex and Fomecam Terra) and with the scientific support of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - Doñana Biological Station.
The participative and transnational nature of the project, and the experience gained in previous projects, foster the cooperation between management administrations and other stakeholders involved in land planning, nature conservation and economic development.

Universidad de Córdoba

To increase both the overall population size and the connectivity among Iberian lynx nuclei to assure a functional self- sustainable and viable metapopulation.

UCO is responsable for the action A10: Development of a new technique to enhance connectivity between subpopulations of Iberian lynx.


Code PAIDI: BIO-123

Guadalupe Gómez Baena. Partner. 

Universidad de Córdoba

Budget of Andalusian group: € 85,461.00

Duration: 31 months. February, 1th 2023 to September, 1th 2025
Project cost: € 18,754,029.00