The Banco Santander Foundation is involved in many activities to recover endangered species and restore degraded natural spaces and it publishes a range of materials in the field of biodiversity protection and conservation.
Restoration activities carried out in Spain by the Foundation since 2004 take place on some important ecosystems, including: the Roñanzas peat bog in Asturias; El Planerón bird reserve in Zaragoza; the Barranco del Hocino yew grove; the Salobre river upper basin in Teruel; La Trapa biological reserve in Majorca; the area around the Talaván reservoir in Cáceres and laurel, thermophyle and pine forests on Tenerife. It is estimated that, when the restored spaces reach maturity, in 15-20 years’ time, they will be able to absorb some 1,929 tonnes of CO2 a year.
With regard to recovering endangered animal species, the Foundation has been working to reintroduce theosprey in the marshes at Odiel in Huelva and has carried out a project to restore mountain ecosystems through beekeeping in La Liébana in Cantabria, where it aims to increase the availability of food for emblematic species such as the brown bear and capercaillie.
More information can be found at: www.fundacionbancosantander.com
In December 2012, El Bosque, an area of Mediterranean forest the Bank has restored for recreational and cultural use for all Group employees and their families, was inaugurated. Spread over 69 hectares, this natural park, annexed to Santander Group City, Boadilla del Monte, is close to the Guadarrama river basin. The area was highly degraded and it was necessary to carry out a fundamental restoration. For this, different activities were organized, including the planting of thousands of different trees and shrubs, as well as the creation of wetlands. The resulting woodland has a high ecological value. El Bosque now has over 14,000 different kinds of trees and is a park containing great biodiversity, both flora and fauna, making it one of the most important restoration projects to have been carried out in Spain.