Red Eléctrica will finance the creation of an ornithological observatory in Mequinenza, Zaragoza

The company also supports the execution of improvements at the Aiguabarreig Special Protection Area.

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Red Eléctrica de España’s Manager of the Aragon Regional Office, José Ignacio Lallana, and the Mayor of Mequinenza (Zaragoza), Magdalena Godia, have signed an agreement under which the company will provide EUR 60,000 to fund a new ornithological observatory and major improvements to the habitat of the Special Protection Area for birds (SPA) in Aiguabarreig. These activities, aimed at boosting the area’s already existing ornithological tourism, will be undertaken outside of breeding season. Plans also include the posting of signs along the observatory access road, the installation of informative panels, and the creation of other   materials for circulation, such as a guide to the SPA’s bird population, of which 1,000 copies will be published.

Located in the centre of the Middle Ebro Basin, the Aiguabarreig SPA occupies more than 38,000 hectares between Aragon and Catalonia and forms one of the Iberian Peninsula’s largest river confluences in the municipality of Mequinenza, where various, extensive habitats are found. The size of this vast wetland and the surrounding aridity make it a strategic point for many rare and threatened bird species that settle in the area to spend the winter, reproduce, or simply rest during migration. 

This activity is part of Red Eléctrica de España’s corporate social responsibility policy to improve its facilities and promote progress, culture, and social wellbeing in an effort to create consistent value in the areas where the company operates. In this specific case, the company also works toward achieving Goal 15 of the SDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.

Red Eléctrica has a 400/220-kW substation in the municipality of Mequinenza, which is an important hub in the national power grid in Aragon.