SOSTPARK – Assessing the sustainability of protected areas in Spain

Good for nature... and people

Project summary

Protected Areas (PAs) can be considered the paradigm of sustainability as they are specifically dedicated to the long-term conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services while accounting for human welfare.  of its territory protected under different legal categories of protection. At the same time, it has experienced intense rates of destruction of natural resources, especially soil, due to expansionary policies of residential and infrastructure construction in recent times.  

SOSTPARK was an applied research project implemented between October 2015 and October 2018, financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness within the State Program of R & D oriented to the Challenges of Society. It sought to assess the integrated sustainability (environmental, social and economic) of different protected area networks in Spain.

The  assessment was achieved by an initial quantitative analysis of the degree of protection (environmental sustainability) conferred by five networks of terrestrial PAs in Spain: Nature Reserves, National Parks, Nature Parks, Sites of Community Importance / Special Conservation Areas, Special Protection Areas for Birds; and one marine PA network (Marine Reserves) and their perceived socioeconomic impacts (social and economic sustainability). A second phase assessed the comprehensive sustainability (environmental, social and economic) of some PAs in Andalusia and investigated the social impacts of environmental research in the region.

Our role

The principal investigator of the project, Dr. David Rodríguez-Rodríguez, while having double affiliation (IEGD-CSIC & ETC-UMA) was based at ETC-UMA facilities, where he coordinated most research and administrative activities.

Main outputs

Books

Sostenibilidad y áreas protegidas en España. Naturaleza, población y economía

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Martínez-Vega, J.

Sostenibilidad y áreas protegidas en España. Naturaleza, población y economía Book

CSIC-Catarata, Madrid, 2019, ISBN: 978-84-00-10476-4.

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Book Chapters

A Centennial Path Towards Sustainability in Spanish National Parks: Biodiversity Conservation and Socioeconomic Development (1918-2018)

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Martínez-Vega, J.

A Centennial Path Towards Sustainability in Spanish National Parks: Biodiversity Conservation and Socioeconomic Development (1918-2018) Book Chapter

In: Suratman, Mohd Nazip (Ed.): National Parks - Management and Conservation, Chapter 8, pp. 204-298, IntechOpen, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-78923-125-0.

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Eficacia de las Áreas Protegidas de España como política de sostenibilidad territorial: el proyecto SOSTPARK

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Martínez-Vega, J.; López, I.

Eficacia de las Áreas Protegidas de España como política de sostenibilidad territorial: el proyecto SOSTPARK Book Chapter

In: Políticas públicas y sociales: globalización, desigualdad y nuevas insurgencias, pp. 197-208, PRENSAS UNIVERSITARIAS DE ZARAGOZA, Zaragoza, 2018.

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Journal Articles

Assessing the environmental effectiveness of the Spanish Marine Reserve Network using remote sensing

Merkohasanaj, M.; Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; García-Martínez, M. C.; Vargas-Yáñez, M.; Abdul-Malak, D.

Assessing the environmental effectiveness of the Spanish Marine Reserve Network using remote sensing Journal Article

In: Ecological Indicators, vol. 107, 2019.

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Social and economic sustainability of multiple-use marine protected areas in Spain: A mixed methods, multi-scale study

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Merkohasanaj, M.; López, I.

Social and economic sustainability of multiple-use marine protected areas in Spain: A mixed methods, multi-scale study Journal Article

In: Ocean & Coastal Management, vol. 171, pp. 47-55, 2019.

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Bridging the research-management gap in environmental conservation: A case study from Andalusia, southern Spain

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Schröder, C.; McGlade, K.; Pascual, D.

Bridging the research-management gap in environmental conservation: A case study from Andalusia, southern Spain Journal Article

In: SDRP Journal of Earth Sciences & Environmental Studies, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 579-588, 2019, ISBN: 2472-6397 .

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Socioeconomic effects of protected areas in Spain across spatial scales and protection levels

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; López, I.

Socioeconomic effects of protected areas in Spain across spatial scales and protection levels Journal Article

In: Ambio, vol. 49, pp. 258–270, 2019.

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Effect of protected area networks at reducing land development across inland and coastal areas and climatic condictions of a rapidly developing country, Spain

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Sebastiao, J.; Tierra, A. R. Salvo

Effect of protected area networks at reducing land development across inland and coastal areas and climatic condictions of a rapidly developing country, Spain Journal Article

In: Land Degradation & Development , vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 991-1005, 2019.

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Analysing subtle threats to conservation: a nineteen year assessment of fragmentation and isolation of Spanish protected areas

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Martínez-Vega, J.

Analysing subtle threats to conservation: a nineteen year assessment of fragmentation and isolation of Spanish protected areas Journal Article

In: Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 185, pp. 107-116, 2019.

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A twenty year GIS-based assessment of environmental sustainability of land use changes in and around protected areas of a fast developing country: Spain

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Martínez-Vega, J.; Echavarría, P.

A twenty year GIS-based assessment of environmental sustainability of land use changes in and around protected areas of a fast developing country: Spain Journal Article

In: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, vol. 74, pp. 169-179, 2019.

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	Effects of Legal Designation and Management of a Multiple-Use Protected Area on Local Sustainability

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; López, I.

Effects of Legal Designation and Management of a Multiple-Use Protected Area on Local Sustainability Journal Article

In: Sustainability , vol. 10, no. 9, pp. 3176, 2018.

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Effect of legal protection and management of protected areas at preventing land development: a Spanish case study

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Martínez-Vega, J. (Ed.)

Effect of legal protection and management of protected areas at preventing land development: a Spanish case study Journal Article

In: Regional Environmental Change, vol. 18, pp. 2483-2494, 2018.

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Protected area effectiveness against land development in Spain

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Martínez-Vega, J.

Protected area effectiveness against land development in Spain Journal Article

In: Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 215, pp. 345-357, 2018.

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Representation and protection of the threatened biodiversity by the largest Spanish regional network of protected areas

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Martínez-Vega, J.

Representation and protection of the threatened biodiversity by the largest Spanish regional network of protected areas Journal Article

In: Endangered Species Research, vol. 35, pp. 125-139, 2018.

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Rapid assessment of protection and ecological effectiveness of the Spanish Fishing Reserve Network

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.

Rapid assessment of protection and ecological effectiveness of the Spanish Fishing Reserve Network Journal Article

In: Marine Policy, vol. 90, pp. 29-36, 2018.

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Assessing recent environmental sustainability in the Spanish network of National Parks and their statutory peripheral areas

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Martínez-Vega, J.

Assessing recent environmental sustainability in the Spanish network of National Parks and their statutory peripheral areas Journal Article

In: Applied Geography, vol. 89, pp. 22-31, 2017.

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More about it

David Rodríguez Rodríguez

Territorial sustainability assessment - Protected areas

davidrr@uma.es

David Rodríguez Rodríguez holds a European-mention PhD in Conservation Biology, an MSc in Ecological Restoration, two BScs: in Biology and in Environmental Sciences, and one University Specialist Degree in GIS and Remote Sensing...

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Our partners

Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography, Spanish National Research Council (IEGD-CSIC), Spain

University of Zaragoza, Spain

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SOSTPARK was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (CSO2014‐54611‐JIN)


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