Comparison of costs and benefits of investing in nature conservation in Spain and available EU funding for Natura 2000
- Spain has one of EU’s largest percentages of protected areas (including terrestrial Natura 2000) making up 27.7 % of its territory.
- Since 1986, Spain has received from the EU EUR 93 billion net, of which it invested EUR 274.9 million of European funding (LIFE programme) to directly support the environment. This is the same amount of money that Spain has received from the Cohesion Fund to expand 400 hectares of the Port of Barcelona.
- A study in Galicia showed that the willingness to pay for nature is EUR 113 per family per year to increase the coverage of protected areas in the region from 36,000 hectares to 280,000 hectares.