Sustainability


Rice fields are very important for the region’s fauna, as they function as artificial seasonal wetlands, ‘complementing’ the natural ecosystem. In May, during the peak of the birds’ reproductive period, the rice fields are flooded to receive the rice seeds. The flooded fields are filled with small invertebrate organisms and amphibia. Therefore, they attract little egrets, night herons, glossy ibises, Mediterranean gull, seagulls and other birds seeking food for themselves and for their hungry chicks.  

The continuation of rice culture within protected areas constitutes a condition for the balanced function of the ecosystem. National parks and wetlands close to the sea, are areas with a very delicate hydrogeological balance. Without the rice fields, a big part of the areas would be subject to progressive desertification due to the combined effect of the increase in water salinity and droughts during the summer months.

 
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Sustainability


Rice fields are very important for the region’s fauna, as they function as artificial seasonal wetlands, ‘complementing’ the natural ecosystem. In May, during the peak of the birds’ reproductive period, the rice fields are flooded to receive the rice seeds. The flooded fields are filled with small invertebrate organisms and amphibia. Therefore, they attract little egrets, night herons, glossy ibises, Mediterranean gull, seagulls and other birds seeking food for themselves and for their hungry chicks. The continuation of rice culture within protected areas constitutes a condition for the balanced function of the ecosystem. National parks and wetlands close to the sea, are areas with a very delicate hydrogeological balance. Without the rice fields, a big part of the areas would be subject to progressive desertification due to the combined effect of the increase in water salinity and droughts during the summer months.

 

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The content of this promotion campaign represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission and the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) do not accept any responsibility for any use that may be made of the information it contains.