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Spain starts the public process to designate 41 marine Special Protection Areas (SPAs), totalling almost 50,000 km2

The proposal, published by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (MARM), mirrors the 42 marine IBA inventory elaborated by SEO/BirdLife and published in 2009 with LIFE funds, plus two extra sites confirmed during the execution of LIFE+ INDEMARES. Only three areas have been left aside for now, due to potential conflicts with third countries: Gibraltar, the Concepción Bank and Chafarinas.

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