Name of organisation
Regional Park Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar
Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia
Number of staff
6 (Information Service and ENP management team)
Number of visitors per year
Overall aims of the centre
To develop a visitor service offering accurate and up-to-date information on the Salinas de San Pedro Regional Park, as well as other protected areas in the Region of Murcia.
- To offer visitors an environmental education programme through the practice of interdisciplinary activities typical of environmental interpretation.
- Celebrate World Days related to protected areas to encourage attitudes and behaviour aimed at the conservation and protection of natural values.
- Support in the management and maintenance of websites, publications and social media channels related to protected areas, as they are currently the points of greatest dissemination and dissemination of information.
- Ensure the proper functioning of the services and the proper projection of the same as representatives of the Directorate General for the Natural Environment in the Protected Areas of the Region of Murcia.
- To offer a facility as a management office for the protected area.
Description of the centre
The Regional Park of Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar is a coastal area located on the northern boundary of the Mar Menor and the coast of the Region of Murcia. It covers an area of 856 hectares, divided between the municipalities of San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar. In total there are up to 15 types of habitats of Community interest, 3 of which are considered a priority. Some 225 species of flora have been catalogued, of which 13 are included in some category of protection. Of the fauna, the most important group is birds, with around 200 species, both sedentary and migratory. Although there is also a wide representation of other groups of fauna. It is worth mentioning the endemic and endangered fish, Spanish toothcarp or 'Fartet' (Aphanius iberus).
The Visitor Centre "Las Salinas" is located in Avenida de las Salinas in the town of San Pedro del Pinatar, C.P. 30740 (Murcia). It has a tower-observatory that rises next to the entrance road to the Park. It is a facility accessible to people with reduced mobility. From this facility, multiple tasks of environmental education and interpretation of the natural heritage are carried out.
Since 1999 it has received an average of 14,000 visitors per year,
Main CEPA work area
The Information Service provides visitors with the information they need to enjoy their visit, as well as the information they need to learn about the natural and cultural values of the area. It also works on the main problems of the protected area in order to raise visitor awareness and achieve their collaboration as an active subject in its conservation. The main functions carried out in terms of Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness-raising are as follows:
- Visitor Information Service: to offer information to the public on the knowledge of the natural, cultural and social values of the natural spaces, with the aim of making visitors aware and making the conservation of the natural environment more effective.
- Social promotion: to encourage and participate in relevant activities in the Park and its socio-economic environment, as well as to promote the involvement of the local population in the knowledge and conservation of the protected area.
- Environmental education activities: to carry out guided tours of the protected area and special activities to celebrate world days with environmental themes: World Wetlands Day, World Migratory Bird Day, World Environment Day, World Bird Day, among others.
- Environmental awareness campaigns: develop campaigns to work on specific problems related to the conservation of the natural environment.
- Support in the management and maintenance of websites, publications and social media channels related to protected areas, as these are currently the points of greatest dissemination and dissemination of information.
Top three successes
Improvement of the public footpaths at the entrance to the Park by installing a wooden bridge over a canal, to avoid dangerous traffic for users and connect the Park's Network of Nature Trails with the Mediterranean Long Distance Footpath (GR-92).
- Development of the LIFE Salinas Project to carry out actions to help improve the conservation of habitats and aquatic birds in the Regional Park, as well as to improve salt production.
- The Regional Park Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar has been certified with the Q for Tourism Quality since 2006, and having passed the relevant audit, it maintains the mark once again until 2023. In addition, in 2020 the Park began the process for its adhesion to the SICTED (Tourism Quality System in Destination).
Top three challenges
- Implementation of a Global Change Monitoring Programme in the Network of Protected Areas of the Coastal Region of Murcia, which includes the Salinas de San Pedro Natural Park.
- Elimination of a non-approved path used by a small sector of the local population; with the aim of conserving habitats of Priority Interest and nesting birds listed in Annex I of Directive 2009/147/EC.
- Analyse and propose that the Park should form part of the System for the recognition of the sustainability of nature tourism in the Natura 2000 Network.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures
Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.
Direct attention to the interested public to offer a first approach to the knowledge of the natural, cultural and social values of the natural areas and their surroundings.
Publication of informative and interpretative material which, using simple and accessible language, highlights different aspects of the Protected Natural Spaces.
Publication of a magazine that includes interesting news about the natural areas, brief news about relevant events or actions, thematic files on fauna, flora, geology, among other topics, in an informative and entertaining way.
Guided tours of the environment, along which a guide, by means of explanatory stops, helps to interpret the natural space in an entertaining and participative way.
Special activities such as workshops, exhibitions and storytelling to work on different aspects related to the conservation of natural spaces.
Las Salinas" Visitor Centre: public attention and assistance to the technical management of the protected area.
Attention to all types of public: associations, educational centres, general public, etc. The aim is to provide a personalised service to all publics, to adapt their needs so that the interaction and enjoyment of the protected area reaches all strata of society.
Education and communication
We work with all types of educational centres, from nursery schools to university masters. Awareness-raising campaigns are carried out through face-to-face activities and digital media, and different types of educational materials are produced: leaflets, posters, magazines, etc.
Maria Monteagudo Albar
Unidad Técnica Litoral-Mar Menor
Consejería de Agua, Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Medio Ambiente
Dirección General de Medio Natural
Subdirección General de Patrimonio Natural y Cambio Climático
Telephone: 968 228910/ email@example.com
María Ciller Marín
Coordinadora del Centro de Visitantes «Las Salinas»
Avenida de Las Salinas s/n San Pedro del Pinatar
Dirección General del Medio Natural
M: 649.227.403/ T: 968.178.139
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