The network Natura 2000 is a European initiative that came with the adoption of Directive 92/43 / EEC (Habitats Directive), which aims the conservation and protection of natural habitats of wild fauna and flora of Community interest, avoiding reduction of biodiversity, a result of certain human activities and ensuring their long-term viability.
Natura 2000 is composed of:
LIC (SAC) sites of Community importance or special areas of conservation, which are adopting and implementing conservation measures through appropriate management tools to meet Natura 2000 objectives. SPA: Special Protection Areas for birds. Defined territories that are meeting appropriate measures to protect wild birds that are present within the Canary Islands, as well as migratory birds with regular presence.
In Hermigua we can find the SPA areas “Canyon of Liria” and “El Cedro”, important examples of the priority habitats of Monteverde: laurel, juniper, and several species of rare or endangered endemic species. These include species of animal populations such as the laurel pigeon (Columba junoniae) and Bolle (Bolle’s pigeon), osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and plant species such as yellow tabaiba from La Gomera (Euphorbia Lambii) or the fern of the laurel forest (Woodwardia radicans).