Foundation's assets

Natural Assets

A unique enclave, rich in natural biodiversity.

The Chuecos estate has 488 hectares of high ecological value known as Chuecos de Arriba because it occupies the peaks of the upper part of the Rambla de Chuecos, located in Águilas, Region of Murcia.

Located in the municipality of Águilas on the border with Lorca in the Sierra de Almenara, it is part of the Natural Area Sierra de Almenara, las Moreras and Cabo Cope, in a unique protected area following a 2005 Management Plan recognised by the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia (CARM) and included in the Management and Conservation Plan of the ZEPA ES0000261 Almenara, Moreras, Cabo Cope.

The Foundation carries out the management and maintenance of this Estate on the basis of its founding principles and aims. Following, as far as it is applicable, the 2005 Plan, which, in its almost 15 years of application, has allowed the recovery of this natural space that forms a real small ecosystem, Valle de Chuecos, well delimited between peaks and with great natural biodiversity, as this has been respected for centuries.

The Finca de Chuecos has been the subject of an Integral Management Plan carried out with the Territorio y Paisaje Foundation in 2005 and subject to preliminary approval by Medio Natural de la CARM with the support of the Town Council of Águilas, which is included in the Management Plan of the Natural Area.

Historical Assets

Protecting the legacy we build a better future

Archaeological Assets

The natural area of Finca de Chuecos has important archaeological and anthropological assets with significant constructions to rehabilitate and enhance as a result of its occupation with remains dating back to the Argaric culture, second millennium before the Christian era, and including occupations and remains from the Roman, Arab (Chuecos Castle in ruins), medieval and later periods, including the Chapel-Casa Cortijo complex from the 18th century.

Operational Assets

The Centre for Sustainability in Mediterranean Regions (CSMR) is the operational centre of the Foundation, the epicentre of its Knowledge Sharing.

1.- The Buildings

In particular the Casa Cortijo, Chapel and annexes, rehabilitated and adapted to their new functions, as well as the different farms and in particular the so-called Chuecos de Arriba, of 488 hectares of high natural, cultural, archaeological and anthropological value.

2.- The infrastructures existing or to be developed for the purposes of the Centre.

Among the existing ones, it is worth highlighting the desalinated water pumping system made up of three reservoirs (of 5,273, 20,189 and 13,211 m3) connected by a pipeline of more than 10 km.

This system makes it possible to pump up to 50,000 m3/year from Majada del Moro to the Chuecos estate by means of two pumping plants powered by two photovoltaic plants of 37 and 70 KW.

From its 13,000 m3 reservoir it is possible to irrigate by gravity or to assist rainfed crops, currently including Aloe Vera and other crops generally adapted to semi-arid areas, with high added value and not very demanding in water, “promising crops”, releasing natural flows from the existing spring for their conservation function.

3.- Other buildings, infrastructures and estates

…that are acquired or made available to the Foundation or the Centre for its purposes.

The Centre for Sustainability for the Mediterranean Regions (CSRM) of the Castillo de Chuecos Foundation may host different Experimental Thematic Centres supervised by Universities, Training and Research Centres or Third Sector Entities that share its aims.

These Experimental Thematic Centres or ETCs will host different projects to be developed together with the associated institutions and/or companies, which will be able to sponsor and promote their development.

Some of these projects developed by the University of Murcia (UMU) are:

ETC Circular Economy and Connected Self-Sufficiency:

Business Management and Green Entrepreneurship in the Natura 2000 Network

ETC Protected Areas Management, Biodiversity Conservation and Ecological Restoration:

  • Planning, Management and Financing of Natural Areas and Biodiversity Conservation.
  • Ecological Restoration of the Semi-Arid Mediterranean Landscape.
  • Business Management and Green Entrepreneurship in the Natura 2000 Network.
  • Management and enhancement of Geological and Cultural Heritage.
  • Agro-ecological intensification adapted to Climate Change.

ETC Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture and Land Use:

  • Global Change Monitoring.
  • Water and soil management for landscape conservation and the promotion of Biodiversity.
  • Business management and Green Entrepreneurship in the Natura 2000 Network.
  • Agroecological Intensification adapted to Climate Change.

ETC Construction and Infrastructures (Energy, Water...) for Sustainability.

Together with other non-tangible assets made up of:

RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL CAPACITIES of Universities or other teaching Centres and of the Foundation’s Partners or Collaborators.

EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE resulting from experiences, research, demonstrations, pilot tests or similar developed by the Centre or by third parties under the terms agreed with each of them. Collaborative Knowledge.