- LAND STEWARDSHIP
- CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Grup de Natura Freixe began its nature conservation work in 1989, in particular as managers of the Sebes and Flix Meander Wildlife Nature Reserve, where it works on reclaiming and improving habitats of interest (wet zones, forest spaces, and open spaces) to encourage biodiversity. Today, the Grup de Natura Freixe is a reference point in the implementation of land stewardship and the conservation and management of agricultural and river areas.
We are pioneers in reaching agreements on land stewardship in Catalonia. Land stewardship is a tool we use to conserve the natural and cultural values of land in collaboration with private owners and local bodies. This is applied in different ways with each owner and/or manager and in each space, but it has some overall common factors: communication, trust and collaboration. We work with these aspects to make the uses and activities in spaces under land stewardship compatible with conservation of the natural values of the land in the long term. Currently, thanks to land stewardship, we manage more than 700 hª distributed in different spaces, both in river environments as well as agricultural and forest. Many of these spaces are private property, although some are public, such as the Sebes and Flix Meander Wildlife Nature Reserve, which we manage. We at the Grup de Natura Freixe have been members of the “Xarxa de Custodia del Territori” (Land Stewardship Network in English) since its foundation and we also form part of the “Grup de Treball de Custodia Fluvial” (River Land Stewardship Working Group).
Education and environmental sensitization, through knowledge and practical interaction with nature, is one of the essential aims of the Grup de Natura Freixe. Educational practice is and has always been one of the organization’s core activities, by means of which it has been able to develop and consolidate. The educational aim of the organization includes actions designed to develop environmental awareness, knowledge of natural values and interest in conserving them, the individual responsibility we have for this conservation, and the possibilities for action within our reach. We work together with the Camp d’Aprenentatge de Flix, with a new formula of joint management between the Grup de Natura Freixe, the Sebes and Flix Meander Wildlife Nature Reserve and the network of teaching support organizations of the Department of Education of the Generalitat of Catalunya.
For sustainable management, and in order for it to last over time, it is essential to create projects which allow people to live from nature while at the same time helping to conserve it. Circular economy is our aim, to encourage those economic activities which, while conserving nature, allow those who do so to live off this management, thus facilitating long-term sustainable management. The fruit of various initiatives, we are supported in this by projects such as the ecological oil Mas de Pitoia and the craft beer Lutra.
Our list of Services
We cover a wide range of services: management of natural spaces, education and environmental sensitization, dissemination of information about the natural heritage, technical studies, ecotourism… Discover us!
- Censuses and study of fauna
- Vegetation inventories
- Urban biodiversity
- Technical studies and conservation plans
- Writing strategic reports
- Fauna observation hides
- Information look out points
- Raised walkways
- Photographic hides
- Design and signposting of itineraries and/or points of interest
- Information boards
- Moveable or fixed exhibitions
- Treatment of satellite images
- Teledetection with the use of drones
- Property registry service
- Creation of vectoral layers and rasters (types of geographical mapping)
- Excursions and information visits to natural spaces
- Discussions and talks
- Practical workshops
- Specialized training courses
- Creation of forest management plans
- Creation of reports for help for protected natural spaces (PEIN)
- Creation of projects of itineraries of scenic, natural and cultural interest
- Making Mas de Pitoia ecological virgin olive oil
- Production of Lutra craft beer