The homonymous study, coordinated by Carles Donat, a researcher in the Barcelona Institute for Regional and Metropolitan Studies (IERMB), was presented in the castle of Castellet on 9 February 2010. The survey provided responses on the habits of visitors to this natural area (catalogued in 2010 as a natural park) and the associated needs, due to which it will undoubtedly become a working tool for the managers of Collserola.
The study reveals that in 47% of cases the park is accessed via motor vehicle. Eighty percent of users reside in the municipalities of the park and two thirds of them are male. Cleanliness is considered to be the most important aspect when visiting the park (67%). The majority of users follow round-trip routes, usually short, due to which the traffic is concentrated in those areas closest to the access points. Users are capable of identifying around 150 different destinations, but the 9 main ones account for half of all journeys made within the park.
The first speaker at the symposium was Javier Benayas, a researcher at the Autonomous University of Madrid, with a lecture on “Public Use of Natural Spaces”, referring to Spanish and American National Parks, the Galapagos, and Antarctica, warning once again of the imperative need for environmental education.
After the lecture from Marià Martí, the General Manager of the Park Consortium, who touched on some of the evidence and conclusions of the study, Dr Martí Boada, a member of the abertis foundation’s Scientific Committee, moderated the debate on the impact on the biodiversity of the park generated by two million visitors a year, a debate which was open to residents, entities and private users.