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Biosphere Reserve Gerês-Xurés

Practice on:

Environment protection

Practical details:
NUTS 2: ES11 Galicia
Start date: 22.05.2010
Type of initiative:  public
Description of the practice:

Gave use to natural zones under the protection of an official label while their ecological features are preserved and protected.

The website of the Portuguese part and for the Spanish one; both of them are involved in natural conservation and development.

A Biosphere Reserve involves the preserving of township and human activity in addition to wildlife protection. In this case a group of cross border municipalities have been awarded with the label "Biosphere Reserve",5 of them are Portuguese (Melgaço, Arcos de Valdevez, Ponte da Barca, Terra de Bouro y Montalegre) and 6 belong to Spain (Lobios, Entrimo, Muíños, Lobeira, Calvos de Randín and Bande). In accordance with the features previously remarked , economic activities within this area are allowed as long as they are based on sustainability and create an added value to the natural resources of the park. An area of more than 200.000 hectares is covered. It has to be remarked its condition of being one of the few crossborder areas in Europe awarded with this prize.

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

Some species of the local wildlife as an example (at ornithology field) could be mentioned: golden eagles, royal owl , peregrine falcon. On the other hand, the botanic features show us species like the local rare Xurés iris, pines, brooms, gorses,… Regarding to mammals, wolf, wildcat, roe deer, wild board are also found. Actually, some of them are endangered species.

Visual impact and recreational value:

The wealth of biodiversity resources allows the establish of initiatives related to this criterion. On the other hand, the terrain has a wide range of sights from lagoons to river basin valleys.

Cultural heritage:

We can find the Roman route of "Via Nova" which crossed through the ancient Roman province of Gallaecia, so it happened to be the main communication path at the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula

Environmental impact:

The danger of losing biodiversity wealth is avoided by giving the label Biosphere Reserve to this area.

Economic viability:

The natural wealth acts as a dynamization focus in order to encourage the implementation of complementary private initiatives taking advantage of the tourism attraction caused by the natural area as a leisure resource.

One way of enhancing the economy of territories integrated into protected natural zones as long as most of those territories are located within less developed European areas while allowing the chance of tourism enterprises. Therefore, public funding resources are essential to encourage the development of those natural zones.

Contact details:
Name: Rocío Gómez Pérez
Organisation: Instituto Ourensano de Desarrollo Económico INORDE
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