The president of the Congress, Ana Pastor has supported today the neighbors who live in the heart of the Picos de Europa, whose management is shared by three autonomies -Asturias, Castilla y León and Cantabria-, so that they maintain their traditional activities, making them compatible with the conservation of the national park.
Pastor has headed the institutional representation of the two Chambers -Congreso and Senado- that has today rendered a tribute commemorating the centenary of the creation of the Covadonga Mountain National Park, currently Picos de Europa.
The president explained that the Picos de Europa are a benchmark for protecting the landscape, biodiversity, sustainable management of the territory and the involvement of society in the conservation of natural and human heritage.
It has extolled its values, natural, ethnographic and cultural riches and has had a meaningful memory for Pedro Pidal and Bernaldo de Quirós, speaker at the Cortes Generales of the Law of National Parks of 1916 and promoter of the declaration of Montaña de Covadonga as the first Spanish national park in 1918.
Pastor has ensured that the legacy of Pidal, one hundred years later, is still alive and is reflected in the excellent work of the network of natural parks, spread throughout Spain, known throughout the world and perpetuated by his family, before two of his great-grandchildren , Alejandro Pidal and Juan Figaredo Pidal, present at the tribute.
Picos de Europa is now the only national park with internal settlement, and Pastor has stressed that we must take care of all the councils, towns and citizens that are part of the eleven municipalities that provide territory: six Asturians, three Cantabrians and two from Leon.
It has made clear the concern of legislators and institutions to strengthen and consolidate a model of protection of natural spaces that endows with an autonomy of management and planning and that with the passage of time has managed to forge an own image and deserved social appreciation .
The Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán, who has shown his confidence in the fact that parliamentarians are "at the same height" of Pidal and can leave to future generations the legacy of debating and approving the law, has also participated in the event. that allows establishing a guarantee framework for natural spaces with the Law of Climatological Change and Energy Transition.
The mayor of Cangas de Onis, José Manuel González, has highlighted that Picos is the motor for the development of the populations of his environment, making conservation compatible with traditional uses and he recalled that in 2017 he received more than 2 million visitors, from the that 700,000 were in the surroundings of the Lakes of Covadonga.