Ambassador profile


  Name: Marta Grau
  Function: Site Manager
  Country: Spain
  E-mail: marta.grau(at)depana(dot)org
  Tel: +34 97722 7176

Organisation profile


  Organisation: DEPANA
  Tel: +34 97722 7176
  Established: 1970-1990
  Category: NGO
  Number of staff: 5
Site profile
  Site name:

La Punta de la Móra (Bosc de la Marquesa)





Coast of Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain

  Land area:

100 ha terrestrial and 300 ha marine

  Nearest urban settlement:

Tarragona (5 km), Barcelona (85 km)

  Natura 2000 ID:



  Annual visitor count:

33,000 visitors from April to September 2006

  Majority of visitors from:
  • 45% are local people
  • 55% are foreigners from the rest of Spain and from Europe
  Site description:

Punta de la Móra is an enclave situated in the township of Tarragona. This littoral natural site, according to the decree 328/19992, belongs to the PEIN Punta de la Móra-Tamarit. The Punta de la Móra natural site has an extension of approximately 100 ha scattered among the following environments: forest, cultivation and coastal and 300 marine ha. The natural and landscape characteristics that present this site are remarkable, since most of Tarragona's coast has been lost due to human impact along the coast line.


All species
  Species code Latin name Common / local name
    Juniperus phoenicea Savina litoral
    Chamaerops humilis Margalló
    Halimium halimifolium Estepa de duna
    Limonium gibertii Limonium o ensopeguera
    Crucianella maritima Crucianella
    Ammophila arenaria Borró
    Pancratium maritimum Lliri de mar
    Crithmum maritimum Fonoll marí
    Ceratonia siliqua Garrofer
    Olea europaea Olivera
    Pinus pinea Pi pinyoner
    Quercus coccifera Garric
    Vulpes vulpes Guineu
    Martes foina Fagina
    Meles meles Toixó
    Atelerix algirus Eriçó clar
    Pipistrellus pipistrellus Ratapatxet
    Myotis myotis Ratpenat de mossell llarg
    Plecotus auritus Ratpenat orellut meridional
    Acanthodactylus erythrurus Sargantana cua - roja
    Salamandra salamandra Salamandra
    Coluber hippocrepis Serp de ferradura
    Chalcides striatus Bívia
    Larus audouinniï Gavina corsa
    Hydrobates pelagicus Ocell de tempesta
    Puffinus puffinus mauretanicus Baldriga
    Phalacrocorax aristotelis Corb marí emplomallat
    Egretta garzetta Martinet blanc
    Chlidonias niger Fumarell comú
All habitats (* indicates priority habitats)
  Habitat code Common / local name
  11.10 Sandbanks with Cymodocea nodosa
  11.20 * Posidonion oceanica
  12.40 Cliffs with endemic Limoniums
  22.10 Dunes with Crucianellion maritimae
  22.50 * Dunes with Juniperus
  22.70 * Dune forests with Pinus pinea
  93.20 Olea and Ceratonia forests
Stakeholder profile        
  Stakeholder activity in the management planning process:
  Stakeholder group activity level
  hi ←        → nil
  Local Government        
  Central Government        
  Private landowners        
  Green NGOs        
  Private sector        
  Private individuals        
  Port authorities        
  Recreational groups        
  Other: Fishers        
  Other: Local users of the site        
  Other: Nautical users        
Other: Regional government
Stakeholder success stories

Networking group

Building an innovating networking group to develop new discussions about “marine ecosystems preservation” in Catalonia. In the first phases of the process, DEPANA Tarragona is taking part in the development of a new framework where organizations connected to coastal environmental management initiative and promote new working methodologies, initiatives, debates, etc.


Organisation of a participation process with stakeholders

Participation in the establishment of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the site. The site stakeholders were involved in the Marine Protected Area project in 2006. Participation builds trust and confidence between the affected parties, and helps to build consensus with neighborhoods, nautical sectors (ship owners), the general public, public organizations, etc.


Sustainable management

The sustainable management of Punta de la Móra has grown to become one of the most successful and effective management projects involving coastal marine sites in Spain. A few years ago, DEPANA initiated innovative skills and areas to manage such initiatives as the EVS (European Volunteer Service). The EVS programme is a programme from the "Young" Department of the General Governement of Catalonia and involves a technique to inform and involve European citizens in the management of the natural area. Indeed, young volunteers from all around Europe have the choice between several projects on nature conservation among which are some 'Punta de la Móra' projects and work on it for 6 months. It encourages the development of relationships within Catalonia, Spain and the world and an acknowledgement from important environment protection organizations.

Photo credit: Valentina Amore, Marta Grau and Valeria de Paoli
Communication profile

Activities and products for the communication of Natura 2000


Action plan meetings
Green Days more info
Guided visits
Other: DEPANA Tarragona develops the different phases of a participatory process, to inform the society and stakeholders about an important project to establish a Marine Protected Area in Punta de la Móra. Therefore, this is also an oppotunity to inform them about the Natura 2000 network.
DEPANA Tarragona circulates a monthly newsletter to a large number of people and organisations.This newsletter includes information about the communication, volunteering, training and biodiversity programmes that we are developing. In this e-publication we inform about our partnership in the Natura 2000 network.
e participate in forums, workshops and job meetings about coastal preservation at several levels (IUCN, Catalan Marine Custody Group). We also contribute to Volunteer forums in order to increase awareness of the protected areas.


  Event frequency
At least once per month


  Use of seasonal workers / volunteers


  Kind of work / volunteering opportunities
DEPANA offers an important and complete volunteer programme that includes natural activities (Green Days). Volunteers can also participate in biodiversity working groups, research on restoration, biodiversity or management of the natural site. We also offer the possibility to establish corporative volunteer excursions (working camps) and to contribute to our tasks on-line with the e-volunteer programme (this involves assisting us in translations, web design, etc.).Indeed, the website visitors can also give their opinions or debate with others on various issues.


  Communication literature produced
Guides / maps
other: Bookmarks
other: Wall posters in the access of natural protected area
other: PC rugs
other: Handbags and shoulder bags
other: Postcards
other: CD- room


  Communication target groups
General public
Other site managers
Local community
Site visitors
Other: Public administrations
Other: Research centers
Other: Volunteer organizations


  The organisation has a dedicated communication strategy for Natura 2000


  Description of communication strategy
In Catalonia, Natura 2000 is still in the designation phase. We use all our communiation tools to communicate that Punta de la Móra is included in the Natura 2000 network. However the regional government of Catalonia does not have a definitive strategy on this.

Communication activities:

The communication and planning involved in the site must take place at an early stage in order to involve all the local stakeholders and the general public as much as possible. We regularly inform the stakeholders about the site’s regulation and our task to preserve it.

We include the Natura 2000 logo in all our communication material (bookmarks, webpage, handbags, postcards, communication publications, posters in the natural site, leaflets, etc.) because DEPANA considers that Natura 2000 is a quality brand promoting the effective management and importance of the site.



  The communication materials are produced
At the site


  Site involved in joint working / networking


Site management profile
"Consolidation of the protection and conservation of the coastline: la Punta de la Móra"
  Key site management issues:


  • Project consolidation and a guarantee of the site management.
  • Maintain the current management team and increase the number of staff.
  • Ensure sufficient budget is available for carrying out the necessary management activities, studies etc
  • Financial stability for the future
  • Increase and improve the protection of the marine and coastal area.


  Integration of Natura 2000 in overall site management:


We are in the final phase of designation but we are not yet in the implementation phase.


  Key site management objectives:


  • Achieve an integrated (coastal and marine) sustainable management plan for the site with unique habitats in Catalonia and ensure the restoration of the degraded areas
  • Carry out scientific studies on the taxonomic groups within the site
  • Communicate the studies, results, the characteristics to the public
  • Carry out environmental training and other activities with volunteers
  • Maintain good contact with the administrations and other partners involved in the management of the site
  • Increase and improve the protection of the marine and coastal area
  • Obtain the necessary funds
  • Increase stability of the funds
  • Increase the involvement of some governmental administrations in nature conservation
  • Involve the landowners
  • Manage the high number of visitors to the site
  • Increase/improve the protection of the site, especially the coastal and marine zone. There is high vulnerability and degradation of these areas. There is also over-exploitation of the coast and marine resources and low connectivity with other natural sites


  Stakeholders targeted as part of management action:


Partners /stakeholders involved:

  • Local administration
  • Government of Catalonia
  • Landowners
  • Ministry for the environment of Spain

Users of the site:

  • Anglers
  • Local users
  • Ship owners
  • Swimmers
  • Hikers/walkers


  Description of work carried out / methods and methodology:


Methods carried out:

  • Environmental training
  • Literature published
  • Communication tools: press, radio, web to communicate the importance of the coastal and marine ecosystems and their protection.
  • Participation process with all the stakeholders
  • Meetings with the partners and administration
  • Involvement of the volunteers in some activities
  • Biodiversity studies of the coastal and marine ecosystems with a diving organization
  • Studies of the public users of the site
  • Proposal of the public use plan (plan to regulate the frequency of visitors to protected areas)


  Results of action and activities:


We have an agreement with the local and regional government (the local and regional government give some subsidies to DEPANA for the activities it carries out on the protected area), and a good relationship with the ministry of environment of Spain and the other stakeholders.

We want to continue this project and we have applied for an extension. We are waiting for the reply.



  Indication of budget allocation for these tasks:


13 months: € 55.500



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