Consejería de Desarrollo Sostenible is responsible for nature conservation through its Dirección General de Espacios Naturales y Biodiversidad. Their resposabilities are, among others:
Planning, programming, and establishing management guidelines and guiding criteria for the conservation, surveillance, protection, promotion, dissemination, awareness-raising, research and monitoring of regional biological, ecological, geological and landscape natural resources.
Study, protection, conservation and restoration of vegetation and natural habitats.
Preparation and development of the catalogue of threatened habitats.
The study, protection, conservation and recovery of wild flora and fauna species and their habitats.
Drawing up and developing the catalogue of endangered species of flora and fauna.
Inventory and cataloguing of unique trees and stands.
Management of ex-situ conservation centres for endangered flora and fauna species.
Drawing up and developing recovery and conservation plans for endangered species and fighting biodiversity threats.
Drawing up and developing of plans for the prevention and control of exotic species and invasive alien species.
Wildlife health, in coordination with the Consejería competent for animal health.
Management, shared with the General State Administration, of the existing National Parks in the region until their transfer.
Preparation of proposals for declaration and management of natural areas.
Drawing up management plans and actions for their conservation.
Assessment of the effects of programmes, plans and projects on the Natura 2000 Network and the issuing of the corresponding certificates, pronouncements and reports.
Planning and management of public use and nature tourism.