SSPA has presented its report on Environmental Externalities at CEOE headquarters in Madrid. The conclusions of the study place the provinces of Cuenca, Soria and Teruel as life donor territories, given that their environmental and social benefits are spread throughout society.

The Network of Southern Sparsely Populated Areas (SSPA) has presented the conclusions of the Report “Environmental Externalities contributed by the Rural Environment and the Impact that Depopulation may have on them: the case of the provinces of Cuenca, Soria and Teruel” , in an event that has taken place at the headquarters of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations in Madrid.

The report places the provinces of Cuenca, Soria and Teruel as strategic territories in the production of renewable energies, in the storage of C02 and with an area of enjoyment 5 times greater than the average of Spain. All of this highlights the role that Cuenca, Soria, and Teruel play for human well-being, both in environmental and economic terms. In addition, these provinces enjoy high potential for the development of a circular, sustainable economy based on contact with nature, holding 16% of the agricultural and forest area of the country as a whole.

The objective of this report is to recognize the benefit that the provinces of Cuenca, Soria and Teruel bring to the rest of the national group. This value has to be internalized by society, to position our territories as areas close to emission neutrality. A work that not only benefits the inhabitants of these areas, but also affects the well-being of the rest of society and the preservation of nature. Well, unlike what is socially believed, the depopulation of a territory does not benefit the environment, since the inhabitants of these areas work on the maintenance and conservation of natural ecosystems. For now, it can be said that investing to stop depopulation also implies protecting our nature.

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The SSPA Network has highlighted the convenience of placing ecosystem services at the center of decision-making and environmental policies, with new laws that establish real and practical measures to achieve a balance between population and territory and that redound to benefit of the whole society.

In addition to defining economic compensation to neutral and donor territories, recognizing their environmental value and financially compensating for the almost zero profitability they generate for their custodians; promote the establishment in these territories of new neutral companies that generate green and quality employment, through economic incentives and through differentiated taxation; promote and encourage corporate environmental responsibility towards these donor territories.