Marsh in Doñana National Park, Huelva

Environmental Projects

For years, Fundación Banco Santander has partnered with various conservation agencies on an environmental programme to restore degraded ecosystems and recover endangered species.

For each project, a general strategy of action is designed to achieve the full recovery of the chosen area. A follow-up plan is then implemented to verify the efficacy of the actions taken and correct any deviations from the established goals. Routine maintenance work is also carried out to consolidate the results achieved.

These measures are accompanied by awareness campaigns to get society involved in protecting their natural heritage.

The foundation’s environmental projects can be followed on its website. An interactive map gives users access to the action plan for each initiative and a description of the nature area in question. Additional resources include a picture gallery and virtual tours of some of its projects.

The following pages describe the three new environmental projects begun by the foundation in 2017.

Restoration and Adaptation of Watering Places

Sierra de Grazalema Nature Park (Cádiz and Málaga)

This initiative, developed in partnership with the O-Live Environmental Association, aims to improve the environmental quality of the Sierra de Grazalema Nature Park by creating or restoring 45 watering places throughout the area. This park, despite having one of the highest rainfall levels in Spain, suffers severe drought in summer due to seasonal precipitations and the karst topography of its limestone bedrock.

The summer drought has a significant effect on local fauna, which is why action is needed to protect the populations of species not well equipped to deal with water shortages. These protective measures will be reinforced by recovering or creating pools and wet meadows and naturalising other watering places (springs, watering holes and troughs) by means of efficient, sustainable, low-impact restorations.

Recovery of the Bearded Vulture

Picos de Europa National Park (Asturias, Cantabria and Castile-León)

In 2017 Fundación Banco Santander began working with Fundación para la Conservación del Quebrantahuesos to reintroduce the bearded vulture in the mountains of northern Spain, specifically in the Picos de Europa National Park. The goal is to recover the population of this carrion bird by breeding specimens in captivity and releasing them using the hacking technique.

These measures hope to reduce the risk of extinction due to geographical isolation, as the Spanish bearded vulture population has not managed to colonise new areas beyond the Pyrenees and is concentrated in a single mountain range.

The plan is to replicate successful actions in other national parks and publicise the environmental and socio-economic benefits of preserving a bird on the National Endangered Species List.

Conservation of the Cinereous Vulture


The project launched with Acción por el Mundo Salvaje (AMUS) aims to consolidate the cinereous vulture population in the communal rangelands of southwest Badajoz province.

This zone is part of a Mediterranean dehesa ecosystem, an excellent setting in which to implement actions for the conservation of endangered species. To this end, a programme for improving the habitat and trophic availability of this large European bird of prey has been set in motion.

The local population is also being taught to detect and make use of new resources in rural areas in order to promote the biodiversity of their territory.

The programme includes campaigns to raise awareness and involve citizens in actions to preserve this species.

Location of Fundación Banco Santander Projects

Mapa Ubicación de los proyectos de Fundación

Timeline of Fundación Banco Santander Projects

Project Location Partner organisation
2017 Recovery of the bearded vulture Picos de Europa National Park (Asturias, Cantabria and Castile-León) Fundación para la Conservación del Quebrantahuesos
2017 Conservation of the cinereous vulture Southwest Badajoz province AMUS
2017 Restoration and adaptation of watering places Sierra de Grazalema Nature Park (Cádiz and Málaga) O-Live Environmental Association
2016 Preservation of the Spanish imperial eagle Albacete and Ciudad Real Fundación Amigos del Águila Imperial
2015 Conservation of endangered Iberian plant life Orense and La Coruña (Galicia) Association for the Promotion of Research - Galicia Ideas Bank
2015 Conservation and preservation of sea turtles Catalan coast Fundación para la Conservación y Recuperación de Animales Marinos
2014 Recovery of the Rubín Marshes San Vicente de la Barquera (Cantabria) FAPAS
2014 Recovery of the Spanish imperial eagle Doñana National Park (Huelva) Fundación Migres
2013 New CITES Centre Castile-La Mancha FIEB
2013 Wildlife corridors for birds of prey Castile-León GREFA
2013 Sustainable management of the Atlantic Forest Burgos and Cantabria Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre
2012 Bear habitat restoration Upper Sil Nature Area (León) Fundación Oso Pardo
2012 Mountain pollination Liébana district (Cantabria) FAPAS
2011 Reintroducing the osprey Odiel Salt Marshes (Huelva) Fundación Migres
2010 Thermophyle, laurel and pine forests Tenerife Canary Islands Ornithological Society
2009 Area around the Talaván Reservoir Cuatro Lugares district (Cáceres) Fundación Global Nature
2008 La Trapa Biological Reserve Andratx (Mallorca) GOB Mallorca
2008 Upper basin of the River Salobre Hoz de la Vieja (Teruel) SEO/BirdLife
2007 Restoration of seagrass beds Roquetas de Mar (Almería) Oceana
2006 Barranco del Hocino Yew Grove Riba de Saelices (Guadalajara) WWF España
2005 El Planerón Bird Reserve Belchite (Zaragoza) SEO/BirdLife
2004 Roñanzas Peat Bog Llanes (Asturias) FAPAS


Fundación Banco Santander publishes two collections dedicated to the environment: the Sustainability and Natural Heritage Notebooks and the Handbooks on Sustainable Development.

The Sustainability and Natural Heritage Notebooks address theoretical aspects of environmental protection, while the Handbooks on Sustainable Development offer detailed descriptions of the projects to recover nature areas and endangered species carried out in partnership with various associations.

As part of the foundation's commitment to the environment, since January 2011 both collections are available on the website in digital format. A small print run is donated entirely to institutions involved in environmental management.

The following Spanish-language volumes were published in 2017.

Lake Somiedo in Picos de Europa National Park, Asturias

Environmental Indicators

To limit its environmental impact, Fundación Banco Santander keeps track of the consumption and emissions levels of its offices. It has also adopted a code of best practices for efficient waste management to reduce waste levels in the medium and long term.

Consumption at Foundation HQ
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