Location: Barcelona, Spain
City population: 3,186,049
Project duration: 2010 - ongoing
Project cost: Above 4 000 000 EUR
Financing source(s): Public local authority's budget

Peri-urban natural park of Collserola

Parc Natural Collserola

The Natural Park of Collserola (about 8,000 ha) is a forested area in the hilly Northern fringes of Barcelona. Since 1987, Collserola has been managed under a special protection plan and forms part of the European FEDENATUR network that aims at protected fragile peri-urban ecosystem for both their social and ecological functions. The park is jointly managed by a consortium including the Catalan government (Generalitat de Catalunya), the Barcelona Provincial Council (Diputació de Barcelona), the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) as well as all adjacent municipalities (1).

Urban setting

  • Parks and (semi)natural urban green areas
    • Large urban park or forest

Key challenges

  • Water management (SDG 6)
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Environmental quality, including air quality and waste management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)

Main beneficiaries

  • Local government/Municipality
  • Citizens or community groups
Project objectives
The intervention ultimate goal is to promote the respectful and sustainable use of this space, while preserving its natural values (1).
Implementation activities
Each year different targets are set, involving different kinds of implementation activities, focusing on habitat protection, environmental education, website handling, publications, information spreading and general administration of the park. Each annual report has extensive descriptions of these activities (http://www.parcnaturalcollserola.cat/pages/memories).

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government / municipality

Management set-up


Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Dissemination of information and education
  • Consultation (e.g. workshop, surveys)
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
The Parc Consortium is in charge of managing and preserving the park. The Consortium of the Serra de Collserola Natural Park is a public entity with an organizational and local nature whose purpose is the management and development of the Special Plan for the Ordering and Protection of the Natural Environment of the Parc de Collserola. It is made up of the Metropolitan Area of ​​Barcelona, ​​the Diputació de Barcelona and the nine municipalities with territory in the Park: El Papiol, Molins de Rei, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Sant Just Desvern, Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, ​​Montcada i Reixac, Cerdanyola Del Vallès and Sant Cugat del Vallès. The two first administrations provide the annual budget that allows to develop the program of actions (1).
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Yes
Directive 92/43 / EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora provides for the creation of a European ecological network of special areas of conservation: the Natura 2000 network. In this sense, the Agreement of the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya of September 5, 2006, which approves the proposal of places of community importance (SCI) includes the Serra de Collserola, which corresponds to the totality of the " Space included in the Plan of Areas of Natural Interest" (1).
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Yes
This territory has been managed since 1987, within the framework of a special Protection Plan and, as from 2010, it has been consolidated and consolidated its environmental dimension with the declaration of the Natural Park. The legal framework of the park includes: - the Special Plan for the Protection and Environment of the Parc de Collserola (PEPCo) - 1987; - The Plan of Spaces of Natural Interest (PEIN), approved by Decree 328/1992, of December 14, of the Generalitat de Catalunya, develops the prevision of chapter III of the Law 12/1985, of June 13, of 'Natural spaces' - With the declaration, in 2010, of the Natural Park (decree 146/2010 of October 19), it is necessary to draft a new Special Plan, which replaces the still existing Special Plan for the Regulation and Protection of the Collserola Park Natural Environment (PEPCo ) in 1987 (1).
Expected impacts
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
Details on impacts and indicators used The park currently hosts several plant and animal species; large number of visitors are attracted every year (almost 30.000 in 2015) and hosts several environmental education activities (5).

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting


Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool


Disclaimer: The data collection was carried out between June and August 2017, the information presented has not been updated afterwards.