Did you know that almost 25% of Spain’s land is included in Natura 2000?

02 April 2012 | News story

Protected areas in Spain cover more than 15 million hectares, representing over 27% of its land area. And almost a quarter of the whole Spanish territory is part of the Natura 2000 Network which this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary. This month, the IUCN National Committee and Member organizations in Spain showcase their activities and achievements in nature conservation in the third edition of the IUCN European Country Focus.

Spain is one of the most diverse countries in terms of biodiversity in the European Union. Situated between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Spain contains four of the nine biogeographic regions of the European Union (Atlantic, Alpine, Mediterranean and Macronesian) which provide for the coexistence of a large number of species of fauna and flora. The country is located in one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world, thanks to its high rate of endemism, which requires specific steps to address conservation issues.

The Spanish Committee of IUCN works for the conservation of biodiversity and natural heritage, in collaboration with its 40 members which include some of the most influential Spanish conservation organizations, from both the public and private spheres.

To find out more about the activities of IUCN Members in Spain click here.

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.