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Natura 2000 Network

The Natura 2000 Network, the world's largest nature conservation network, aims to ensure the long-term survival of Europe's most threatened species and habitats.

The network is made up of sites of community Importance (SCI), which are declared as Special areas of conservation (SAC) once the management plans are approved and conservation measures are established for the areas in question. This is done with the aim of ensuring compatibility between the conservation status of species and habitats of community interest and the uses and human activities that take place in the aforementioned areas. The Natura 2000 network also includes Special Protection Areas for Birds (SPA) that also have their own management plans and conservation measures.

These protected areas seek to ensure, in the long-term, the natural values that can be found in them and guarantee the sustainability of the activities that take place there.

Spain has 272 marine areas in the Natura 2000 network, one of the largest and scientifically speaking best defined networks in Europe. This means that currently, 8% of the surface of our waters come under one of the following protection frameworks:

  • 171 Sites of Community Importance (SCI) -Special areas of conservation (SAC)
  • 101 Special Protection Areas for Birds (SPA)

The LIFE IP INTEMARES project provides a unique setting to promote and explore the opportunities offered by the marine spaces of the Natura 2000 network, and to become a research-based reference point, with a commitment to the conservation of marine values and resources.

Mapa de la Red Natura 2000 marina en España