THE Cabo de Gata national park was singled out as setting a good example for Mediterranean areas.
Officials from the advisory council that oversees Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI or ZEPIM in Spanish) recently visited Andalucia.
They visited ZEPIM sites which included the Alboran Island, Fondos Marinos del Levante de Almeria (the seabed in Almeria’s Levante area), the Cabo de Gata-Nijar national park and the Maro-Cerro Gordo cliffs (Malaga).
This was one of the committee’s periodic reviews required since 1995, agreed by 21 countries to protect the Mediterranean from pollution.
Committee members were checking to ensure that the areas’ outstanding features that earned them their ZEPIM rating still exist and are being respected.
Cabo de Gata-Nijar was pronounced a success, thanks to the high level of the local population’s involvement in planning and running the site as well as the opportunities for sustainable development.