Atlantic-Positive - Conservation of Atlantic pollination services and control of the invasive species Vespa velutina.

Coordinator: Breixo Martins
UTAD/CITAB Coordinator: José Tadeu Marques Aranha

Vespa velutina is a major predator of bees and other pollinators.
It was accidentally introduced into Europe and it poses a threat to biodiversity. At present it can be found in the majority of Atlantic regions.
The main objective of the Atlantic-Positive project is to contribute to the preservation of pollination services through the development of integrated approaches for the control of Vespa velutina and minimize the impact of this invasive species for ecosystems and for the socioeconomic development of the Atlantic Area.
This will be achieved through the creation of protected areas in rural and peri-urban natural environments and the establishment of a transnational cooperation network for the implementation of joint activities.

Project Details





Start date

May 2019


36 months

Funding Entity

European Union

Total Financing


CITAB/UTAD Financing



Responsible institution

Fundación Centro de Estudos Eurorrexionais Galicia - Norte de Portugal (ES)


Universidade de Vigo (ES)

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (ES)

Dirección Xeral de Patrimonio Natural-Consellería de Modioambiente e Xunta de Galicia (ES)

Instituto Vasco de Investigación y Desarrollo Agrario, SA (ES)

Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, IP (PT)

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (FR)

University College Cork, National University of Ireland (IE)

University of Exeter (UK)

Research Team