At the strategic level, Fundación Biodiversidad is coordinating the elaboration of the Biodiversity and Science Strategy (EByC), a joint proposal of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge and the Ministry of Science and Innovation. The EByC (2023-2027) is being elaborated within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR), its main mission is to organize, within the framework and as an application of the Spanish Strategy and the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation Plan (EECTI and PECTI), a system that favors the generation and transfer of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services, of quality, inclusive and effective, that meets the needs of planning and management to achieve its protection, conservation, sustainable use, restoration and its economic and social value.
Secondly, Fundación Biodiversidad participates actively, together with the National Parks Autonomous Organization and the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, in the implementation of the first Work Program of the Environmental Education Action Plan for Sustainability (PAEAS), which defines the strategic lines of environmental education in Spain for the next five years, offering a consensual work framework that reflects the strategic areas of action, as well as the objectives, main measures and specific actions to be developed by the different sectors and agents involved in Sustainable Environmental Education.
Within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, financed by the European Union – NextGenerationEU, the Fundación Biodiversidad manages two calls for grants to support research programs and projects in biodiversity management. The 2021 call for grants had an endowment of €2.5 million and the 2022 call for grants has a total endowment of €2 million.
Both focus on research projects that promote the application of scientific knowledge for decision-making in biodiversity planning and management.
The Natura 2000 Network, the world’s largest network of protected areas, aims to ensure the long-term survival of Europe’s species and habitats, helping to halt the loss of biodiversity and to make conservation compatible with the development of sustainable activities.
To achieve these objectives, it is essential to have the support of the parties directly involved in management, in addition to the general public. Despite its importance, knowledge of the marine Natura 2000 Network is still insufficient, which hinders the involvement of stakeholders in its conservation.
The marine Natura 2000 training program aims to address these issues through the involvement and capacity building of key stakeholders.
The Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) is reinforcing the marine Natura 2000 Network training program aimed at public administration personnel involved in the management of the marine Natura 2000 Network and other target audiences. This program, initiated with the LIFE INTEMARES project, is promoted thanks to the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR), financed by the European Union’s NextGeneration funds.