Provincial Council of Valladolid

The Provincial Council of Valladolid, was constituted as a provincial authority on March 3th, 1813. The province of Valladolid has a ground surface of 811,049 ha, from which 145,136 ha are forest areas, 125,886 ha are planted with trees and 19,250 ha are deforestated. In this area reforestation is urgent as it is threatened by erosion and desertification. The province has a population of 532,429 inhabitants, 213 townships. They are for the largest part divided into 11 municipalities of more than 5,000 inhabitants, one of these is the capital in which more than 69% of the total population lives.

The Provincial Council of Valladolid’s most important function is to provide competencies to its municipalities To this end, the Diputación puts economic and technical resources at their (municipalities’) disposal in infrastructure such as roads, water supply, sewage treatment, social and cultural services, etc.

The Provincial Council of Valladolid is an example for its constant concern for the recuperation of degraded areas, such as (illegal) waste dumps and other spaces susceptible to be reforested in the municipalities of the province. In this line and from 1983, it holds a reforestation program in the municipalities. As a complement to this program, an ornamentation program exists since the same date, facilitating ornamental plants produced in our own nurseries.

Another example of the concern the Provincial Council of Valladolid shares with the aim of this project, is the modification of the productive orientation in 1995 of an area belonging to the province, within the European project DEMOS-95. This initiative, with a budget of 300,000,000 pesetas (1,803,036 €), was co-financed in its 75% by the European Commission’s. It transformed the agricultural area in a 200 Ha. forest area, levering its infrastructure to adapt it to didactic and demonstrative objectives. A recreational hunting project for the recovery of indigenous species was undertaken with a huge success.

More recently, it has participated in an INTERREC III B Project (2000-2006) with an investment from the province of 400,000 € and a European contribution of 150,000 €. This initiative aimed to promote new employment activities linked to the wool industry. It was based on the participation of Spanish, French and Portuguese partners.