BirdLife Spain receives top European award
By Irene Lorenzo, Wed, 04/11/2015 – 14:48
Campo de Montiel, a Natura 2000 site in the Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha, has today played host to a celebration of the Natura 2000 Awards (European Citizen category) which has been jointly presented to SEO/BirdLife, Agencia EFE and BirdLife Europe as a result of their campaign ‘‘Natura 2000 Day’’. …
It comes at a crucial time for the network as the laws that created it, the Birds and Habitats Directives, are currently under a ‘Fitness Check’ review by the European Commission. This is happening within the worrying context of Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, hoping to “merge and overhaul” the directives in order to make them more “business friendly”.
As part of today’s celebrations, three marsh harriers were released back into the wild, following their rehabilitation in a nearby wildlife sanctuary. Natura 2000 producers also donated a range of local products to be served during the event, underlining the importance of these sites to local communities.
Today’s event reminds us of the economic and ecological benefits we enjoy from this network and the need to further implement nature protection laws to safeguard Europe’s natural wealth.