[posted on 18 June 2006]


ESPARC - 2006. Vall de Boí, Catalonia, Spain 14-17 of June 2006

The12th Conference of the Spanish State Section of Europarc had over 180 participants, representing agencies in charge of protected areas from 15 different Autonomous Communities and the Central Government of Spain. The opening session was devoted to present the results of the performance evaluation of the Action Plan for the Protected Areas of Spain during 2002-2005. One of the conclusions of this evaluation, which was approved by the Assembly, was the need for revising and updating the Action Plan in order to include, among other items, the spiritual and cultural values of protected areas, both at the planning and management levels. For more information visit:

During the Conference Jordi Falgarona and Josep M. Mallarach had the opportunity to discuss the work of the CSVPA and The Delos initiative approach with representatives of different Agencies. As a result of that, there were identified new exciting opportunities to include the spiritual and cultural values in the planning of four protected areas already established, which are under way.


[posted on 12 June 2006]


11th Conference of the Spanish Section of EUROPARC


Cangas de Narcea, Asturias, Spain, 8-12 of June 2005




PANEL 4:  Non material values linked to natural protected areas

1. Integration of non material values, both cultural and spiritual, in the methods and strategies of planning and management of protected areas would help to incorporate social agents and social feelings that have been marginalized until the present, in to the conservation of biodiversity and protected areas in general.

2. The populationís living link with sites of significant spiritual value may contribute to the conservation of protected areas where they usually are found.

3. The acknowledgement of the ecological traditional knowledge in the planning and management of protected areas produces multiple benefits to the sustainable use of natural resources and values traditional crafts and  people that still know them.

Recommendations for  EUROPARC - Spain

  • Include a new section devoted to non material values in the Action Plan for Protected Areas of Spain, during the evaluation process, within the framework of the existing cooperation agreement between EUROPARC Federation and IUCN. To that end, promote a workshop or seminar to define its content and methodology.
  • Promote the identification of non material values of nature, both cultural and spiritual, and its adequate inclusion in the management plans of protected areas.
  • Promote the acknowledgment of relationship between local population and visitors and the maintenance of traditional activities as essential elements of the conservation of biodiversity.
  • Promote the inclusion of educational policies in protected areas management with specific programs, aimed to young people, to deal with the non material values of nature in a didactic manner.
  • Give formal support to The Delos Initiative, and facilitate the development of its case studies in Spain from the Technical Office of EUROPARC-Spain.

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