by Robert Bovington
Spain has a rich scenic diversity and vast areas of the country remain wild, rugged and sparsely populated. Not only that, but large parts of the country are protected. Within Europe, Spain leads the way in the conservation of its heritage. There are many categories of protection including National Parks, Natural Parks and Biosphere Reserves.
A Biosphere Reserve is an international conservation designation given by UNESCO. To achieve this status it must not only be ecologically diverse but must demonstrate a balanced relationship between humans and the environment.
The World Network of Biosphere Reserves is the collection of all 482 biosphere reserves in 102 countries (as of mid-2005).
Spain has a proportionately higher number of biosphere reserves compared with other European countries with thirty-three.
These include the spectacular Ordesa National Park in the Pyrenees, the lowland wilderness of the Doñana National Park in western Andalucía, the beautiful…
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