The legal jurisdiction affecting the conservation of l’Albufera de Valencia has been distributed among various authorities. At times, it can be difficult to know which one of them is in charge of each of the numerous aspects involved in the conservation of such an area.
The main two authorities present in the Natural Park are the Technical Management Office of l’Albufera Natural Park (under the realm of the Regional Government of Valencia) and the Devesa-Albufera Service (under Valencia City Council):
This Management Office is a point of reference, with jurisdiction in the entire protected area. It seeks to ensure the conservation of natural eco-systems and their ecological, educational and scientific assets as well as beauty spots, encouraging people to learn about and enjoy themselves in the Park based on its heritage and cultural value, and to engage in traditional occupations.
Telephone: 961 620 101 Fax: 961 620 103
Address: C/ Pintor Marti Girbes, 23 - 46012 (El Palmar), Valencia.
The most ecologically valuable areas in l’Albufera Natural Park (namely, the lake, the Devesa forest and a large portion of the dune eco-system) are located within the municipal territory of Valencia. Moreover, Valencia City Council owns the lake and its shores as well as the Devesa forest. This, in addition to the fact that the municipal territory of Valencia is the largest by population out of the 13 territories within the protected area, means that this Council has a significant part to play in managing this area. The Council has been conferred many powers concerning the conservation of l’Albufera de Valencia.
Valencia City Council has promoted many environmental initiatives and projects implemented in l’Albufera. An example of this is the ENVIRONMENTAL SEDUCTION Project, through which an awareness campaign on l’Albufera has been launched (which includes this website), or the LIFE DUNE and LIFE ENEBRO projects, though which dune areas have been regenerated.
L’Albufera Natural Park is part of the Natura 2000 network of European protected areas. Its legal framework was established by the European Commission, which is also in charge of monitoring it.
The European Commission has also launched the LIFE+ Programme, which is a financial tool that provides resources to support and boost various areas under the Natura 2000 network. L’Albufera de Valencia is one of the top areas in terms of number of LIFE projects awarded.
MARM, the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, is the agency in charge of proposing and developing government policy in the field of protecting the natural heritage, biodiversity and the sea, as well as promoting rural development, agricultural, stockbreeding and fishing resources, etc. About any matters concerning l’Albufera, the following have special representatives:
Any area contained within the Maritime Terrestrial Public Domain falls under the jurisdiction of this entity.
Contact details: Demarcación de Costas de Valencia
C/ D. Joaquín Ballester, 39 - 6ª planta - 46004 Valencia Tel. 963 079 578
This entity is concerned with the condition in which the continental waters, riverbeds and ravines of the Júcar River basin are kept.
Contact details: Confederación Hidrográfica del Júcar
This is the authority in charge of managing the territory of the Region of Valencia, from an environmental, landscape, planning and ordnance perspective. It is particularly important in the management of l’Albufera through the following agencies:
It is in charge of drafting, promoting and implementing any appropriate measures for biodiversity conservation, and forest and forestry resource management. The Technical Management Office of l’Albufera Natural Park falls under the above.
It deals with planning, management and conservation of water resources in the Autonomous Region of Valencia.
It engages in ordnance and landscape management, land and coastal distribution, and natural area planning and management, by acting as a coordinator of various public authorities with jurisdiction in such matters.
The Agriculture, Fishing, Foodstuff and Water Agency: It has jurisdiction in development and promotion of the primary sector, seeking to ensure the sector can be competitive, boosting marketing and commercialisation, as well as boosting R&D&I, improving quality, food safety and environmental sustainability.
Valencia City Council, which covers a larger surface area than the rest of the councils composing the protected area, has a major role in maintenance and management duties of the area, carried out mainly through the Devesa-Albufera Service.
Phone number: 961 61 00 21 Fax: 961 61 00 37 The Council’s Citizen Advice Helpline: 010
Address: Viveros Municipales - Carretera CV500 Km. 8,5 – 46012 (El Saler) Valencia
firstname.lastname@example.org www.albuferadevalencia.com www.valencia.es
Calle Caudete, 15 - 46012 (El Palmar) Valencia
Teléfono: 96 162 00 66 Teléfono: 650 713 847
Avenida Pinares, 1 - 46012 (El Saler) Valencia
Teléfono: 96 183 02 95 Teléfono: 650 713 848
Avenida Gaviotas - 46012 (Perellonet) Valencia
Teléfono: 96 177 78 89 Teléfono: 650 713 853
Carrera del Riu, 263 - 46012 (Pinedo) Valencia
Teléfono: 96 324 89 64 Teléfono: 650 713 854
In addition to Valencia, there are 12 other councils with part of its municipal boundaries within the protected environment of the Albufera Natural Park.
Av. Levante, 14 - 46469 Beniparrell
Tel: 96 120 19 02
Pza. Virgen 5 - 46400 Cullera
Teléfono 96 172 00 00 - Fax 96 172 00 41
Plaça de les Escoles Velles, 1 - 46470 Massanassa
Teléfono 96 125 55 00 – Fax 96 125 17 54
Plaça del Poble 1 - Silla 46460
Tel: 96 120 01 16 - Fax: 96 121 22 23