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La Palma laurel forest
Spain, Islas Canarias
17o 49.00' West 28o 44.00' North
A1, A2, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
100 - 2,200m
Year of IBA assessment
Site description A large mountainous area in the north-east of La Palma with deep gullies, exposed bedrock, inland cliffs, laurel Laurus forest and agricultural land. There are few villages and roads in the area. Human activities include livestock-farming.
Key Biodiversity One of the most important areas in the Canary Islands for Columba junoniae. The site is also important for other endemic birds.
Protection statusNational Partial International Partial75 ha of IBA covered by Site of Scientific Interest (Barranco del Agua, 75 ha). 600 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Cumbre Vieja, 7,499 ha). 222 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape (El Tablao, 222 ha). 450 ha of IBA covered by Special Natural Reserve (Guelguén, 1,074 ha). 5,094 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Las Nieves, 5,094 ha). 984 ha of IBA covered by Integral Nature Reserve (Pinar de Garafía, 984 ha). 4,067 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Monte de los Sauces, Punta Llana y Pinar de Garafía, 4,067 ha).
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