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Study area


The Sustainable Ordunte LIFE+ study area is the Ordunte SCI (Site of Community Interest) in the Encartaciones region. This is the westernmost part of Bizkaia province and it is, undoubtedly, the most rural one in character. It is located in the Atlantic bio-geographical region, within the Cantabrian-Basque sector.

Geographically, the Ordunte Mountains come under three regional administrations: Bizkaia, Castilla y León and Cantabria, even though only the Mount Zalama blanket bog out of the work areas adjoins Burgos, in the Forests of the Mena Valley SCI.

Probably due to its complicated terrain, this zone has not undergone the changes caused by the industrial development to be found in much of Bizkaia and the Basque Country. It is a rural stronghold, where the primary sector, above all livestock farming, continues to be the social and economic driving force.


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