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Frequency of visits and mobility of users of the Parc de Collserola

The symposium ‘Frequency of Visits and Mobility of Users of the Parc de Collserola' saw the presentation of the study with the same title coordinated by Carles Donat, a researcher at the Barcelona Institute for Regional and Metropolitan Studies (IERMB). The study provides answers concerning the habits of visitors to Collserola and their needs, and is to serve as a tool for the park managers to use in their work.

In this context, the director in charge of the Parc de Collserola Consortium, Marià Martí, warned of the impacts upon biodiversity in the park of the two million visits to it every year, and advocated limiting access to some areas and penalising certain types of behaviour. The debate was then opened up to local residents and the organisations and individuals who use the park. The debate was chaired by Doctor Martí Boada, member of the Scientific Committee of the abertis foundation and member of Catalan Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Doctor Javier Benayas, a researcher at the Autonomous University of Madrid, began the scientific symposium with a talk on ‘Public Use of Natural Spaces’. Benayas contributed his knowledge of Spanish national parks, American national parks and the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica, and pointed out that the parks must run environmental education projects.

The symposium held at the castle of Castellet also featured speeches by Sergi Loughney, director of the abertis foundation; Sara Jaurrieta, the local councillor for the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district on Barcelona city council; Josep Perpinyà, executive vice-president of the Parc de Collserola; Núria Buenaventura, the Catalan government’s director-general for the environment, Joan Trullén, director of the IERMB, Miquel Delgado, mayor of Castellet i la Gornal and president of the Parc del Foix, Josep Mayoral, delegate president of the Natural areas department of the Barcelona provincial authority, and Sagrario Huelin, manager of the abertis foundation.
Martí Boada and Javier Benayas

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Boada, Donat, Martí and Loughney

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