THE Spanish Government will, at the beginning of 2008, transfer the management of the Cabrera National Park to the Balearic Government.
This will be with the exception of the Conservation Centre in Colonia de Sant Jordi, which will be administered by the public company Tragsa for a year, with the aim of quantifying how much this centre costs to run.
Sources at the Balearic Ministry for the Environment confirmed that, in principal, the National Park will be transferred without this Centre.
However, the management of all Cabrera's installations including the visitors centre, will be transferred to the regional government by 2009.
The same sources said that building work on the conservation centre in the Cabrera National Park was finished in the middle of November. They added that the only thing needed now was for the Spanish Ministry for Public Works to give permission for the installation to be opened.
The decision to give the management of the Majorca based centre to a company for a certain period was taken after various meetings by technicians from the Balearic Ministry and the Spanish Ministry for the Environment.
During these meetings they could not establish with any sort of precision how much the Colonia de Sant Jordi Conservation Centre would cost to run, so they agreed to this intermediate solution, as a pilot scheme.
It is worth stating that Tragsa is a public company which was founded 30 years ago.
The company carries out all types of work in the agricultural and environmental fields, and it is adapted to the Quality Management Systems and Environment Management, certified by Aenor.