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Learn about the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park (SGNP), Spain, in this webinar as part of the IUCN ‘Vital Sites: Journey to Marseille’ series. The webinar is on on 22 June 2021, 16h00-17h30 CEST, and you can register here.

This webinar will introduce to the participants the SGNP PANORAMA solution and will present a set of tools to identify, compare and balance different visions, preferences, and tensions for protected areas management and power relations between stakeholders in order to move towards better social engagement in conservation governance.

The Sierra de Guadarrama National Park) was established in 2013, becoming Spain’s newest national park. At 34,000 hectares stretching across the regions of Madrid and Castilla y León, it is also the second most visited national park in Spain (almost 3 million visitors per year). There are a great variety of local stakeholders engaged in diverse activities such as outdoor sports, livestock farming, conservation, education and research. These multiple and sometimes competing uses and values create social tensions around how the park should be governed. Given intersecting governing competences, multiple uses, and high visitation rate, management is complex.


  • Christopher M Raymond – Coordinator of the ENVISION project, Professor of Sustainability Science at the University of Helsinki and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • María Dolores López Rodríguez – Postdoctoral researcher – ENVISION, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Miguel Ángel Cebrián-Piqueras – Postdoctoral Researcher at ENVISION and Chair of Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural Systems, Gottingen University, Germa
  • Veronica Lo – ENVISION Project Manager and Researcher, Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Alberto Arroyo Schnell (moderator) – Senior Policy Manager, IUCN Brussels

This event is part of Vital Sites: The Journey to Marseille, a series of online events hosted by IUCN and the World Commission on Protected Areas in the run-up to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2021 in Marseille, France. Vital Sites offers our community the chance to highlight stories, expert opinions, and case studies on the importance of protected and conserved areas, from around the world. Learn more here.

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