FEDENATUR - European Association of Periurban Parks

FEDENATUR is the European Association of Periurban Parks, that are natural, fluvial and agricultural parks located in metropolitan and periurban areas. By their location, this type of park plays an important role.

FEDENATUR - European Association of Periurban Parks
FoundedApril 1997, Barcelona, Spain
TypeInternational Organization
FocusPeriurban Parks, Biodiversity, Nature in cities
HeadquartersCarretera de l’Església, 92, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
Area served
Key people
Marià Martí (Director General) Josep Perpinyà (President)

FEDENATUR was created in 1997 after the 2nd Symposium on natural areas in periurban and metropolitan zones, which was held in Barcelona in 1995 and inspired by the Rio Earth Summit of 1992. Then it appeared necessary to set a network of exchanges between periurban park managers on a European scale. Over 75% of the European population lives in urban and periurban zones. Contrary to "national parks" usually located far from densely populated urban areas and designed exclusively for preservation, the natural areas in periurban zones have to protect biodiversity while being frequented by a larger public.[1]
The headquarters of FEDENATUR are placed at the Technical office of the Serra de Collserola Natural Park, a natural space located at the heart of the Barcelona metropolitan area.


FEDENATUR has promoted and participated in 3 European Interreg projects as a means of encouraging technical exchanges and raising awareness on the concept of Periurban Parks.[2]

FEDENATUR has also conducted two surveys. The first (in 2004) to identify periurban parks and list their functions (environmental, social, economic).[3] The second one (2009–2012) to analyse more deeply the characteristics of different periuban parks regarding management, social use and equipment.

FEDENATUR joined in 2005 the European Habitats Forum EHF, which assembles leading European nature conservation organisations to provide advice on the implementation and future development of EU biodiversity policy.

In 2008, FEDENATUR promoted a Recommendation – that was approved- at the IUCN World Congress in favour of protecting periurban natural areas around cities and metropolitan areas.[4]

FEDENATUR is currently giving input through different documents and mechanisms into the current EC Green Infrastructure Strategy.

European Periurban Parks members of FEDENATUR

  • Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola - Barcelona
  • Grand Parc Miribel Jonage - Lyon
  • Parco Agricolo Sud Milano - Milano
  • Anillo Verde de Vitoria-Gasteiz - Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • Forêts rhénanes périurbaines - Strasbourg
  • Parque Florestal de Monsanto - Lisboa
  • Arche de la Nature - Le Mans
  • Xarxa Parcs Naturals Barcelona - Barcelona Province
  • Espaces Nature de Tours - Tours
  • Parco di Portofino - Genova
  • Espace Naturel Lille Métropole - Lille
  • RomaNatura - Roma
  • Parc de l’Espai d’Interès Natural de Gallecs - Mollet del Vallès
  • Forêt de Soignes - Sonian Forest - Bruxelles
  • Parco Nord Milano - Milano
  • Aree protette del Po e della Collina Torinese - Torino
  • Espaces Verts Seine-Saint-Denis - Bobigny, Paris
  • Parco di Montemarcello-Magra - Sarzana
  • Red de Espacios Naturales Protegidos de Andalucía
  • Parc agrari de Sabadell - Parc Fluvial del Ripoll - Sabadell
  • Parc Devesa-Albufera - Valencia
  • Parco della Piana - Firenze
  • Communauté d'agglomération Grenoble Alpes Métropole
  • Parco delle Groane - Milano
  • Mount Hymettus Aesthetic Forest - Athens, Attica
  • Parco fluviale Gesso e Stura - Cuneo
  • SPAY - Union for the Protection and Development of Hymettus Mountain - Vyronas, Attica
  • Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia - Katowice
  • Natural Park Drahán - Troja, Praha

See also


  1. "Biodiversity and Natura 2000 in urban and periurban areas" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  2. "INTERREG IVC PERIURBAN Parks (2009-2012)". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  4. IUCN recommendation 4128 : Setting up networks of protected periurban and urban natural areas Archived 2012-10-29 at the Wayback Machine
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