Spain, Andalusia and Morocco agreed on a shared action plan
On 5 July several IUCN members signed in Malaga an agreement to collaborate for the Intercontinental Reserve for the Mediterranean.
The High Commission for Water, Forests and Combating Desertification of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Spanish Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs and the Regional Ministry of Environment of Andalusia in Spain will bring into action the common aspects of the Action Plan for the Reserve between 2011- 2015.
The 5-year agreement, structured in different areas, dealing with the consolidation of the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean through cross-border coordination mechanisms and committees, the creation of management tools to implement the management plans of protected areas included in the Reserve; shared databases and monitoring indicators, and the assessment and revalorization of cultural heritage.
Some other areas are oriented towards the assessment of potential territorial development , setting up of sustainable programmes, training of development agents as well as communication, environmental awareness and social participation activities.
The Biosphere Reserve includes the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz, in Spain, and those of Chaouen, Larache, Tanger, and Tétouan, in northern Morocco. As a whole, it has 907.185,02 hectares. The Spanish zone takes up an area of 423.535 ha, of which 9.248 ha are marine areas belonging to the Strait of Gibraltar.
The Reserve is located in the Mediterranean Region, and shares with the south of the Iberian Peninsula very relevant ecosystemsThe Abies Pinsapo, a kind of fir tree, can only be found in this part of the planet. This Abies Pinsapo forests are temperate, and remained throughout time in small areas with a Mediterranean climate, as a reminder of the extense fir The Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UIUCN) keeps has been on supporting this the first Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve between Spain and Morocco since before its creation in 2006. forests that existed in this region during the ice age.
The Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been supporting the first Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve between Spain and Morocco since before its creation in 2006.