Spanish Capital of Biodiversity 2011

Group foto of the Spanish winners 2011 (c) Sonia Ortega

 

The Spanish Capital of Biodiversity competition 2011 was launched at the end of January 2011. There were four categories of participation for the municipalities according to the number of inhabitants:

  • Category A: less than 5,000 inhabitants
  • Category B: 5,001-30,000 inhabitants
  • Category C: 30,001-200,000 inhabitants
  • Category D: more than 200,001 inhabitants.

To participate the municipalities had to fill up a questionnaire with 36 questions divided in five chapters: 1, use of land; 2, green areas; 3, agriculture, forest and water management; 4, communication, education and participation; 5, indicators.

27 municipalities participated in the competition 2011, which presented a total of 193 projects. The percentages of participants were: 44.4% of the municipalities who participated had a population less than 5,000 inhabitants; 33.3 % of the municipalities had 30,001-200,000 inhabitants; 18.5 % had 5,001-30,000 inhabitants; and only one city (3.7 %) had more than 200,001.

There were three winners per category - excluding Category D which was declared deserted -, two special prizes and one Spanish Capital of Biodiversity 2011. The Award Ceremony was in the head office of the Fundación Biodiversidad on 20th July, and the winners were:

Category A:

1st: PUEBLA DE SANABRIA

2nd: EL OSO

3rd: MONLERAS

Category B:

1st: ASTILLERO

2nd: PALAU-SOLITÁ I PLEGAMANS

3rd: MIAJADAS

Category C:

1st: GRANOLLERS

2nd: LLEIDA

3rd: OURENSE

Communication on Biodiversity Special Prize: LLEIDA

Restoration Special Prize: ASTILLERO

Spanish Capital of Biodiversity 2011: PUEBLA DE SANABRIA

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