The Asociación Pola Defensa da Ría (Association in Defence of the Ria) of Pontevedra, known as APDR, is a Galician local environmental non-governmental organisation created in 1987 to address the environmental degradation of Pontevedra’s ria area. It has over 500 registered members and it holds minimal support in the local community.

Through its work, the APDR defends a model of sustainable development based in the rational use of sea and forest resources, and a tourism model not based in the idea of mass tourism. The organisation is open to any citizen interested in the rehabilitation of the ria and its adjacent areas. Most of its work is focused in the fight against the main industries, such as the timbering company TAFISA (already relocated) and the pulp mill/paper mill and electrochemical complex ENCE-ELNOSA.



The Asociación para a Defensa Ecolóxica de Galiza (Association for the Ecological Defense of Galicia), is a Galician ecological group founded in 1974 and registered in 1976. ADEGA has always been linked with the Galician nationalist movement.

The organization has chapters in the comarcas of A Mariña, Santiago, Coruña, Costa da Morte, Lugo, O Carballiño, Ourense, A Paradanta, Barbanza, Ordes, A Ulloa, Pontevedra, Trasancos, and Vigo.



Ben Magec - Ecologists in Action is a Non-Governmental Organization from the Canary Islands and part of the federation Ecologists in Action, dedicated to the protection of the environment. It is currently based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with regular appearances in local, national and international headlines, and whose actions and opinions have a regular effect on environmental policy with the Canary Islands.



ECODES "huft" Foundation Ecology and Development (Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo) is an independent non-profit organisation that works towards sustainable and environmentally friendly development, founded on 10 March 1992.

ECODES works to strengthen dialogue and collaboration with all stakeholders in the implementation of actions and programs that promote sustainable development and enable social change. They provide ideas and solutions as well as critical commentary based on professional expertise. The organisations main areas of focus are social responsibility, climate change resulting from global warming, water management, reducing consumption and development cooperation. Besides their various projects they publish an online magazine, esPosible.



Ecologistas en Acción (Ecologists in Action) is a Spanish grassroots confederation of 300 ecological groups, founded on December 9, 1998.

Ecologistas en Acción is aligned with the philosophy of social ecology, which regards all environmental problems (and many other social ones) as proceeding from the same source: an increasingly globalised sustainability. Following this line of reasoning, the model of production and consumption needs to be changed in order to solve the ecological crisis. For this to happen, Ecologistas en Acción organises campaigns for civil society's outreach on a great number of ecological and energy-related issues. Among them, public complaint about all actions that damage the environment. Ecologistas en Acción publishes its own magazine, El Ecologista, manages its own publishing house, Libros en Acción, and develops its online presence as Proyecto EcoSpip.



The Sino-Spanish Association for Energy and Sustainability (ASEES) is a Spanish non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Cosme de Arana for the promotion of bilateral cooperation between China and Spain in the renewable energy and environment sectors. It aims to build a bridge between the two countries to promote commercial and technological exchange.


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The Spanish Ornithological Society (Sociedad Española de Ornitología; SEO/BirdLife) is Spain’s main bird conservation charity. It was founded in 1954 and has 8,000 members and 50 staff. It is Spain’s representative in the BirdLife International partnership.

The SEO has campaigned to get the central government to have all areas currently designated as Important Bird Areas to be given Special Protection Area status. It also collects bird data and recently published the Atlas of Breeding Birds of Spain, which covers the whole country and all breeding species recorded. This work took four years a year of writing and editing.


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