Challenges and opportunities for the Natura 2000 Network

The ecosystems offer a multitude of services to society, in terms of supply (food, water, wood, etc.), regulation (flood control and water treatment, for example) and culture (aesthetic, spiritual, educational and recreational).
In some cases, the human activities carried out within these areas are necessary for their conservation, such as the collection of forestry biomass in order to prevent fires. Providing they are environmentally sustainable, human activities are compatible with the Natura 2000 spaces, although there is always a need to analyse their repercussions. This represents an opportunity for the economic development of rural areas, a development that must be compatible with the conservation of the environment in order to reach the goal of sustainable development.
In the Murcia Region, agriculture represents the most extended activity that takes place within these areas, although efforts are to be made to encourage diversification in order to avoid the depopulation of rural areas.
The European funds that currently finance the actions carried out within the Natura 2000 Network are: LIFE-Naturaleza, Structural Funds (ERDF, EAGGF, ESF), Cohesion Funds, European Fishing Fund (EFF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Los espacios Natura 2000 ofrecen numerosas oportunidades económicas
Cabo de Palos
Pesquero en Águilas
Sierra de la Pila
Los embalses son esenciales para el mantenimiento de una gran parte de la biodiversidad regional