The Natura 2000 network is a set of natural areas protected at European Union level with the aim of conserving biodiversity and the survival of species and habitats. It is the European Union’s main instrument for nature conservation and is made up of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas for Birds (SPAs).
On the occasion of the celebration of the European Day of the Natura 2000 Network, a themed painting workshop was held on 21 May 2020 at the facilities of ASPACE CORUÑA, in the municipality of Sada, in coordination with the Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo Biosphere Reserve.
The initiative is part of the dissemination and awareness actions of the LIFE FLUVIAL project (LIFE16 NAT/ES/000771), of which the Biosphere Reserve is part.
ASPACE is a pioneering organisation in Galicia in comprehensive care for people with cerebral palsy that works to improve their quality of life and that of their families. It is one of the members of the Asociación de Desenvolvemento Rural Mariñas Betanzos, the managing body of the Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo Biosphere Reserve.
The collaboration between both entities in environmental matters had already scheduled at the end of March a day of volunteering and awareness on the danger of invasive alien species, which had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis.
The Biosphere Reserve has four SACs within the Natura 2000 Network (Encoro de Abegondo-Cecebre, Costa da Morte, Betanzos-Mandeo and Costa de Dexo). Within this theme, the motif chosen by ASPACE was the creation of a mural on the Dexo Coast (ES1110009) in Oleiros, with the participation of a dozen users of the centre.