The International Coordinating Council for the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere of the Earth (MAP) program, dealing with environmental issues, recently decided to make Ponga (Asturias) a new reserve, thereby strengthening Spain’s leading role in the conservation of nature.
The thirtieth meeting of the International Council of the MÁV was held last Wednesday in Palembang, Indonesia, where 669 natural sites from 120 countries were submitted for consideration, and only twenty of them were decided to be transformed into reserves. Today, together with Ponga, Spain has 49 natural parks and is ahead of even such countries as Russia (44), Mexico (42), China (33) and the United States (30).
The new natural park Pong is located in the south of Asturias in the mountain spurs of Cantabria. The height above sea level in the reserve varies from 213 to 2142 m. The geographical landscape consists of plains, birch forests and mixed forests inhabited by different kinds of animals, among them disappearing brown bear, black grouse, capercaillie, Eurasian wolf and royal eagle.