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Sierra Nevada included on the Green List of the International Conservation Union

Published: May 22, 2024
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The Natural Area of Sierra Nevada has obtained the certificate with which revalidates its permanence in the Green List of the private entity International Union for Conservation(IUCN), as reported Tuesday by the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, through a message on the social network X. This distinction was obtained by the natural park of Granada in 2014 and its review was initiated by a committee of experts after the pandemic. Moreno has described this announcement as "news that fills us with pride" and recalled that it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the National Park.

 

The Sierra Nevada National and Natural Park is home to the ski resort

 

It should be recalled that IUCN technicians visited the National Park in mid-July as part of its evaluation process for the renewal, delayed from 2019, of its inclusion in its green list.

 

The director of the natural space of Sierra Nevada, Francisco Muñoz, detailed then that the National Park was already included in the green list of the IUCN in 2014 being the first space in Spain to achieve this award.It was maintained until 2019, when the process for its renewal for another five years was delayed due to a redefinition of the standards to be met and other circumstances such as the declaration of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

In 2022, the natural area completed all the documentation requested through a specific platform that is established "in a very regulated manner" and in order to certify the requirements that were fulfilled in order to enter the green list.

 

This phase of the process ended in May, and the IUCN thanked the management of the natural area for the documentation sent, with a "positive" assessment of how the process was handled, Muñoz said, adding that this was the basis for the "field visit" in mid-July.

 

The Sierra Nevada National and Natural Park has been included in the IUCN Green List.

 

The technicians were in the area of the Alpujarra, with farmers and ranchers, knowing peculiarities such as the irrigation ditches and holding interviews with actors in the National and Natural Park and also in its sphere of influence, such as the Participation Council, environmental associations or sustainable tourism companies. The report would not be ready before six to eight months from that time, Muñoz specified.

 

Doñana and Sierra Nevada were the only Spanish natural areas to enter the IUCN green list. While the Granada park entered the evaluation process in a process that was positive, Doñana's went awry until the seal was suspended. This May, talks will resume to recover the international distinction.

 

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