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  1. 1. Zagreb, 17th October 2007 Barcelona’s 5 LAB on-the- ground initiatives Margarita Parés & Helena Barracó Barcelona City Council 1
  2. 2. Location of Barcelona Barcelona is the capital of the autonomous Region of Catalonia 2
  3. 3. Barcelona is a very dense mediterranean city Barcelona City Rain: 598 mm Area: 98 km2 Temperature: 16,5ºC 1.605.602 inhabitants ⇒ 16.384 ih per km2 Green area: 18m2 per inhabitant 3
  4. 4. View from Collserola to the sea 4
  5. 5. Collserola from the city 5
  6. 6. Local Agenda 21 as framework • The first Objective of the Local Agenda 21 Commitment is: “To protect open spaces and biological diversity and increase urban green space” 6
  7. 7. Biodiversity urban strategy: knowledgement, dissemination and flora & fauna management • The strategy elaboration is a project included in the 2008-2011 mandate, being part of the Municipal Actions Programme (PAM), now being set-up with a citizen’s participatory process. The PAM will be approved by the Plenary Council. • The strategy will have 4 main working lines: – Management oriented knowledgment – Support and conservation of species & habitats – Dissemination and participation – International Commitment and exchange 7
  8. 8. Barcelona’s 5 LAB on-the-ground initiatives 1. Green urban corridor Ciutadella- Collserola development 2. Montjuïc cliff protection 3. Support to the urban birds related to buildings 4. Biodiversity dissemination actions 5. Barcelona’s international commitment in biodiversity conservation 8
  9. 9. 1. Green urban corridor Ciutadella-Collserola development • Project within the green urban corridor network proposal • Included in the PAM 2008-2011 A nella Inte rior C ollse rola - For um Colls er ola - Montjuïc Collse rola - C iuta della A ne lla Inte rior Corr edor Litor al 9
  10. 10. 1. Green urban corridor Ciutadella-Collserola development • Several departments are involved in the project: Zoo, Parks and Gardens, Urban Ecology Agency • Biodiversity and social benefits are expected 10
  11. 11. 2. Montjuïc cliff protection • Montjuïc is a 173 m hill in the Barcelona sea front • The cliff protection is included in the project “Montjuïc as the green lung of the city” • Legal protection of the cliff in process, based on its natural values in the urban context. • Included in the PAM 2008-2011 11
  12. 12. 3. Support to the urban birds related to buildings • Previous experience: Swallow project that includes species support, better knowledgment of the swallow population and participation and comunication experience. • Recorded a population of about 200 pairs of House Martins (Delichon urbica), and 40 pairs of Common Swallow (Hirundo rustica). The support of the species has been improved thanks to the knowledge acquired. 12
  13. 13. 3. Support to the urban birds related to buildings • Fostering the protection of the birds related to the urban buildings, specially those in rehabilitation. – Working together with Urban Landscape Institute (building refurbishment experts) and the Regional Government – Training rehabilitation experts – Technical support during rehabilitation adressed to avifauna protection – Finantial aid for commited owners – Awareness-raising brochure – Calendar adaption to seasonal changes 13
  14. 14. 4. Biodiversity dissemination actions • Dissemination materials 14
  15. 15. 4. Biodiversity dissemination actions • Reinforce urban biodiversity in the Local Agenda 21 website. • Catalogue of sites of natural interest in the city of Barcelona + ecologic map • Peregrine falcon • LAB Barcelona biodiversity report 15
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  17. 17. 5. Barcelona’s international commitment in biodiversity conservation • Barcelona’s commitments towards biodiversity conservation and experiences exchange: – Local Action for Biodiversity – Countdown 2010 – Red de Gobiernos Locales 2010 España – Barcelona UICN Congress 5-14 oct.’07 17
  18. 18. Thank you for your attention! 18