To ensure the preservation of different areas due to their natural, cultural, scientific, educational or landscape interest, these areas can be classified as Special Protection Area of Natural Values (ZEPVN).
At present Galicia has six areas classified as natural parks: Fragas do Eume, Corrubedo dune complex and the Carregal and Vixán lagoons, in the province of A Coruña ; O Invernadeiro, Serra da Enciña da Lastra Nature Reserve and Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés Natural Park in the province of Ourense; and Monte Aloia, in Pontevedra.
Since the appearance of this site status there are two landscapes that, in addition to the mentioned values, present a harmonious relationship between human beings and the natural environment: Os Penedos de Pasarela e Traba and Val do río Navea.
8 natural monuments located in Galicia: Praia das Catedrais, Carballa da Rocha, Costa de Dexo, Fraga de Catasós, Pena Corneira, Souto da Retorta, Souto de Rozavales and Plegamiento geolóxico de Campodola-Leixazós.
Galicia has acknowledged a total of five areas: the Complexo intermareal Umia - O Grove; A Lanzada, Punta Carreirón e Bodeira lagoon; Ortigueira and Ladrido estuaries; its beach complex, the Corrubedo lagoon and dunes; the Valdoviño lagoon and dunes; the Eo River estuary.
Galicia enjoys a total of six areas acknowledged by UNESCO's program Man and Biosphere (MAB) which promotes sustainable development based on the improvement of the relationship between man and the environment.
Galicia amasses an extensive and varied wealth of landscapes due, among other reasons, to the climate differences, the biogeographic contrasts, the differences in population and the relationship between its inhabitants and the environment.
The ZEPA birdlife reserves are distributed both along the coast and in mountain areas. These spaces, together with several other birding areas all over our territory, are meeting points for birdwatchers.