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Good Practice 2014
Category: Spaces, products and services already in use

Facilities for public use and environmental activities in the Natural Reserve Laguna de Fuente de Piedra of Malaga

Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio de la Junta de Andalucía

Spain

Logo Regional Government of Andalusia Picture of Natural Reserve Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

The Natural Reserve Laguna de Fuente de Piedra is the largest lagoon in Andalusia. This wetland stands out at world level because it has one of the most important colonies of reproduction of greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) in the Mediterranean and in north-western Africa.

Its natural values have determined its classification as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar), Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA), Site of Community Importance (SCI) and Special Area of Conservation. It was declared a Strict Nature Reserve in 1984, and then, in 1989, it was included in the Inventory of Protected Natural Spaces of Andalusia as a Natural Reserve.

Since 1985, when the Junta de Andalucía (Regional Government of Andalusia) took charge of the management of this Natural Reserve, its management has been aimed at the preservation and dissemination of the values of this Protected Natural Space. In order to achieve these objectives, several projects of ecological restoration, of provision of facilities for public use and of preservation of the colony of flamingos have been carried out. Different social groups have taken part in the design and execution of these projects.

Facilities for public use:

The Visitor Centre is located in a privileged place at the lagoon. It has a parking area and an access for people with reduced mobility.

The interpretative provision has been carried out taking into account the needs of everyone: there are no barriers, audio guides are available, as well as elements which can be touched by visitors, and video image and sound with subtitles in Spanish and English.

The paths, viewpoints and observatories are adapted for people with reduced mobility. Also, audio guides in different languages are available for the Sendero del Laguneto and observatories and viewpoints located in Cerro del Palo.

Programme of visits:

The infrastructures allow all visitors to carry out activities in the natural environment and to get to know the values of this wetland. Also, since 2007 programmes of visits have been developed and aimed at different social groups: “Naturaleza y tú” (Nature and You), for school students and "Naturaleza para Todos" (Nature for Everyone) aimed at people with any type of disability (either physical, mental or sensory). The activities are designed in a personalised manner and in close collaboration with schools, associations and social groups.

Activities of environmental voluntary work:

Since 1996, the Ave Fenix Ecology Association has been carrying out Environmental Voluntary Work Activities, which have allowed 20 youngsters to take part every year in activities related to the ringing of flamingos and the restoration of wetlands and arrangement of facilities for public use.

Programme of ringing of flamingos:

The Programme of Ringing of Flamingos in the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra has been carried out since 1986. Over 400 people take park in this activity every year: scientists, preservation technical staff, ornithologists, associations and also inhabitants of the town of Fuente de Piedra in general. The most important element of this activity is that everyone is part of a great team, contributing with different abilities for the good execution of the activity

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