Biodiversity conservation guarantee. Processes and instruments

The natural spaces that belong to the Natura 2000 Network have all passed a selection and approval process prior to being included in the network.
Each member state is responsible for proposing its natural spaces and, following the technical and scientific criteria that determines the importance of such areas, the European Commission decides on approval.
The regional Natura 2000 Network covers more than 265,000 hectares (approximately 24% of the region's total surface area), in addition to some 180,000 hectares of sea area. Some 72 of the region's Protected Natural Spaces form part of the Network, of which 50 are SIC and 22 are SPA.
Once designated, the Public Authorities are responsible for managing and supervising the spaces in order that they comply with the Natura 2000 goals by means of Management Plans and ecological connectivity between the different protected areas.
In order to lend coherence to the planning of protected spaces, and bearing in mind the territorial overlap between them, 14 Integrated Planning Areas (IPA) covering the Natura Network protected spaces, natural spaces and areas protected by international instruments, have been defined for the region.
One of the most important allies in terms of such planning are the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which are very useful in the delimitation of areas.
Águila real (Aquila chrysaetos)
Parque Regional de Sierra Espuña
ZEPA de las sierras de Almenara, Moreras y Cabo Cope
Superficie regional perteneciente a la Red Natura 2000
ZEPA de la Región de Murcia
LIC de la Región de Murcia