The Mondragó Natural Park celebrates its 30th anniversary with activities that highlight its wildlife, environmental and heritage values.

Nov 20, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Around eighty people took part in the commemorative event.
This Saturday, the Catalan Minister of the Environment and Territory, Miquel Mir, took part in the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the declaration of the Mondragó Natural Park. Accompanied by the Director of Natural Spaces and Biodiversity, Llorenç Mas, and the park’s staff, they collaborated in the release of some fifty tortoises and a sparrowhawk that have been recovered at the Balearic Islands Wildlife Recovery Consortium (COFIB). In addition, two sea turtles have also returned to the sea after being recovered at Palma Aquarium. These two specimens, marked with a transmitter, form part of a monitoring programme for amputated ‘caretta caretta’ turtles developed by the Oceanográfico de València and financed by the Biodiversity Foundation.

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Throughout the morning, the park offered activities related to the heritage and natural values of the park, such as knowledge of the fossils, animals and plants that inhabit the park, as well as the mark left by the smuggling activity in the regions of the area. Some eighty people took part in the six programmed activities.

Mir thanked the staff who have worked all these years on the conservation of the park and recalled that “the recent approval of the Mondragó Natural Resources Management Plan has made it possible to obtain updated regulations that consolidate the natural, landscape and cultural values of the park while guaranteeing the maintenance of the habitats protected under the Natura 2000 Network.

For his part, Mas congratulated the people who work there for their involvement in the park’s management, given that “these almost 800 hectares are one of the best-preserved areas of the Migjorn de Mallorca. In fact, it was one of the reasons, along with the great wealth of ecosystems and biodiversity, that led to its declaration in 1992”.

The commemoration of the 30th anniversary began just over a year ago with a reforestation campaign in the so-called “30-year forest”, with the voluntary participation of schools. The management of the Natural Park organised a drawing competition with the collaboration of all the schools in the municipality of Santanyí, with the aim of choosing a poster that would be the image of the 30th anniversary commemoration.

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