Asociación Pro Dunas Marbella

Marbella (Málaga)   e-mail: asociacion@produnas.org /produnas@telefonica.net

 

 

 

News 2011/10

December 2011

WORK UNDERWAY FOR THE REHABILITATION AND PRESERVATION OF MARBELLA’S COASTAL SAND DUNE AREAS
              
·         DUNE “LA VÍBORA”, ELVIRIA 

 ·         DUNE AREAS “RÍO REAL-RESERVA DE LOS MONTEROS

We may all feel great satisfaction for this first big step towards a real and effective preservation of the last sand dune areas in the municipality of Marbella: the rehabilitation and preservation work underway in the above mentioned sand dunes.

 

The Ministry of the Environment through the andalusian Coastal Demarcation office are the Authorities that have set underway this much expected and yearned for work that our Association have been demanding for years. As known, every year the Association is carrying out environmental education programs in the sand dune areas of Marbella, working with the Hon. Town Hall of Marbella and with Marbella’s and other regions high schools pupils through days of eradication of the invasive alien plants, the Highway Ice plant (Carpobrotus edulis).

 

Reeds and Coojong (Acacia Saligna) are invading the sand dune areas with great virulence, which exceeds the capacity of our Association. Therefore, the support of the relevant authorities with machinery is necessary to rehabilitate the natural vegetation and then carrying out a programme for replanting native seedlings (3.000), once the rainy season starts, to ensure the survival of this flora.

 

Wooden railings and pedestrian walkways to the beach will highlight the sand dune nature and ensure the survival of these beautiful sand dunes.

 

These projects now underway are a living example of the rehabilitation that will be carried out in the remaining sand dune areas that we are demanding to be preserved and protected, between Marbella and the Natural Monument “Artola” in Cabopino.

 

November 2011

THE SEASON OF GUIDED WALKS THROUGH THE DUNES

 “LA ADELFA” IN BAHIA DE MARBELLA COMES TO AN END 

 

One type of activities programmed by the Pro Dunas  Association within the framework of environmental education is to organize guided tours through the dunes “La Adelfa” in Bahía de Marbella.

 

 On Friday, October 14th, the third edition of this activity jointly organized and enlivened by Pro Dunas  and Club 3000 in Paris has come to an end with the valued presence of the Councillor for the Environment of the Hon. Town Hall of Marbella, Mr. Antonio Espada Durán who who highlighted the importance of the dunes protection and guided walks.

This alternative to the “sun and beach” holidays aims to offer French and other nationality tourists, a different kind of holidays while promoting interest in the dune areas and its fascinating eco-systems with noteworthy native flora and wildlife, in the municipality of Marbella.

Voluntary work such as the guided tours of the dune areas help visitors to understand and appreciate the natural heritage there is on the Costa del Sol, and deserve an applause. Over 200 tourists have been guided between April and October 2011.

 

Our gratitude goes to our 4 members who guided over 200 tourists during 2011.

 

October 2011

A NEW PROJECT IS BORN:
PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION OF THE SAND DUNES “ALICATE”
ON THE BEACH OF ALICATE, MARBELLA

 

Within the framework of the protection and preservation of the sand dunes areas in the municipality of Marbella, the Pro Dunas  Association have submitted to the relevant authorities a new project for the rehabilitation and conservation of the “Alicate” sand dunes on the Alicate beach, flanked by the beach restaurants “Los Cano” and “Los Sardinales”.

This sand dunes area belongs to the habitats of interest to the European Union, code 2120, so it is essential to preserve it, and maintain it as a new added value for the Natural Heritage of the municipality of Marbella. Currently there is substantial sand dunes degradation due to the invasion of the reed (Arundo donax) that has completely displaced the native flora.  This new initiative of environmental conservation includes several projects to be undertaken:

foto by andaluz.tv

- Total eradication of all alien invasive plants and subsequent reforestation with native young seedlings to rehabilitate the sand dunes  physiognomy, with the technical support of the Provincial Office of the Environment and the Hon. Town hall of Marbella.

- Fencing of the sand dunes with a wooden fence with pedestrian access to the beach from the surrounding residential areas, to prevent the  deterioration of the sand dunes due to unauthorized motorized traffic and human pressure.

- Setback of the drainage towards the area of the Transit Easement between the streams “Siete Revueltas” and “Alicate” in order to be awarded the tourism excellence award for this area and given priority by the County Council and Association of Municipalities of the Western
  Costal del Sol.

- Information Posters as a means of promoting awareness among beach users.

- Facilities for beach users: Lifeguards station and Civil protection – WC – showers – access ramp for the disabled and so on.

 

This is an ambitious project with all the novelties it involves aimed at improving the area of Alicate for beach users, and we trust it will be fully supported by all the relevant Authorities as well as the Town hall of Marbella.

 

September 2011

16th August – 36º38’083N / 043º23’149W
RELEASE OF 5 SEA-TURTLES “BOBA”

 

Our Association has had the privilege to be invite to participate in the release of 5 sea-turtles (Caretta caretta), having spent several months in captivity at the ”Aula del Mar” recovering from multiple injuries.

 

This event has had the valuable presence of the political leadership of the Regional Government of Andalucia, with the participation of the president of the Junta de Andalucia, José Antonio Griñan, the Regional Minister for the Environment of the Junta de Andalucía, José Juan Díaz Trillo, the Provincial Delegate of the Environment, Francisco Fernández España, as well as the Delegate of the Regional Government of Andalucia, Remedios Martel Gómez, among other politicians.

 

It is always moving to see the joy at the moment of the release of turtles or even dolphins and how fast they want to return to their natural habitat. The release of any cetaceans or turtles is the source of great satisfaction for those involved in their recovery while in care.

 

Turtles are under high threat by various causes such as the destruction of their habitat, pollution and fishing nets, and so forth. Their survival depends on all of us.

 

August 2011

SUMMER EVENT 2011

Guided tour through the dunes “LA ADELFA” - Bahía de Marbella – for our members

Thursday, 11th August

 

As a “Loyalty Prize” we organized this special event for our members who supported during these 7 years all management of the Association in their battle to save, preserve and protect the Natural Heritage of the dunes areas in the Municipality of Marbella.

 

The walk through the sand dunes has been developed with entertaining and short explanations on the native flora we all have the privilege to enjoy throughout the year. The flora is growing beautifully in these sand dunes, thanks to the care it has received over the past few years. We also maked a special mention of the other plants introduced 6 years ago, who have found their ideal habitat in these sand dunes area. A short explanation was given to the importance of eradicating invasive alien plants due to their huge and negative capacity to displace all other wild vegetation.

 

Our thanks to our members!

 

July 2011

RAISING AWARENESS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN AND WORKSHOPS IN THE SAND DUNES ECO-SYSTEMS OF THE COAST OF MARBELLA.

DUNES AREA “LA VÍBORA” – ELVIRIA (Marbella)

 

3rd Edition - During the months of May, June and July, the Hon. Town Hall of Marbella, with the active collaboration of Pro Dunas , invited the secondary schools of the municipality and their students to take part in practical activities for the conservation and recovery of sand dune environments.

 

These workshops raise awareness of these youngsters on the importance of preserving native vegetation and therefore take action to eradicate the invasive alien species Highway Ice plant (“Carpobrotus edulis”).

 

The participation of 80 students from the IES Marqués de Comares Secondary School in Lucena (Córdoba) deserves a special mention, as they participated for a second consecutive year in this important work of environmental education and understanding of the natural heritage of the municipality of Marbella.

 

June 2011

ACTION DAY ON THE COAST

AWARENESS CAMPAIGN FOR THE CONSERVATION OF THE
SHORELINE AND THE SAND DUNES AREA
 “LA VÍBORA” – ELVIRIA

 

Saturday, the 25th of June 2011

 

We thank all the participants and volunteers who contributed to the achievements of this successful Action Day!

 

24 AUAS divers  (University Association for Underwater Activities)

 5 GEAS (Underwater Specialist Group) of the “Guardia Civil”

 2 members of “Civil Protection”  

 1 Inspector of the Environment of the "Junta de Andalucía"      (Regional Government) 

 1 Representative of “Aula del Mar” 

 2 Technicians from the Department for the Environment of the Hon. Town Hall of Marbella.

39 Volunteers from the following Associations: PRO Dunas ,Marbella –AUAS, Malaga – BENALMARE, Benalmádena –MALAGA SURFINGCLUB, Málaga - ASOCIACIÓN MERIDIANO, Rincónde la Victoria and other who joined us spontaneously.

Summary of Actions:

·       We eradicated close to 1.800 kg of Highway Ice plant

·       We collected close to 3 kg cigarette butts and plastic bags

·       The dives of the divers were cancelled due to rough seas.

 

    

 

May 2011

A BREAK FOR THE COSTA DEL SOL – NO TO HYDROCARBON EXPLORATIONS

 

Repsol’s intention to carry out prospecting for gas and oil along the coastline of Malaga has been met with the outright rejection from municipalities, fishermen, environmental organizations, businesses and the political parties of the province, as well as the governmental bureaucracy.

 

As can be gathered from Repsol’s press releases, the Ministry for the Environment remains silent on the environmental impact study submitted by the company back in June 2010 on the implementation of the Sirocco Project which consist of the drilling of the seabed off the coast of Mijas and Fuengirola to verify the existence of a major biogenic
 gas bag.

 

The delay of the approval of the environmental impact statement by the Ministry for the Environment has cut short the initial plans of the multinational company, who had planned to perform the surveys between January and May of the current year 2011, to avoid the tourist high season, the migratory birds passage and cetaceans breeding season.

 

Given the delay of the relevant resolutions, Repsol has made a major shift in its plans and taken all the logistics that had been prepared for drilling in Malaga, including the semi-submersible platform to be moved from Malta, to Moroccan waters, where it will remain until June to carry out two surveys off Tangier’s coast.

 

Current legislation provides that, once the complete dossier has been submitted, the resolution must be delivered within three months, thus in the case of the Sirocco Project it should take place before the 7th of May 2011.

 

We are confident that the Costa del Sol will remain a  “location free from hydrocarbon exploration”.

 

 

April 2011

 

On the 1st of April 2011 the Central Government will transfer the powers for the management of the coastal areas of Andalusia to the Regional Government of Andalusia. These new responsibilities assigned to the regional government, will entail, among others, the direct intervention on the beach restaurants on the Costa del Sol.

 

We are deeply concerned that this transfer of powers could lead, once more, to abuses by the Regional Government of Andalusia to establish a larger number of beach restaurants, both in the Maritime and Terrestrial Public Domain (DPMT) and the Protection Easement, with the excuse of it being essential for tourism on the Costa del Sol. Therefore, new authorizations would cause the loss of more dunes areas on the andalusian coast.

 

Moved by this deep concern, several letters have been addressed to all the relevant authorities urging the Andalusian Regional Government to respect the sand dune areas where projects for actions are already underway,

TRANSFER OF POWERS FOR COASTAL MATTERS TO
THE GOVERNMENT OF ANDALUSIA

 

with special mention about our efforts as an Association that started back in 2004 for the defence of the sand dune area "La Adelfa" in Bahia de Marbella. 

 

At the time, this unique site that was the "target" of strong financial interests that were lobbying for the approval of licenses for 3 beach restaurants and a Beach Club with swimming pools and restaurant.

 

Long years of countless negotiations were necessary to convince the various authorities, that protection of nature also attracts high quality tourism and particularly eco-tourism, thus creating wealth for the villages and towns and therefore new jobs.

 

We therefore demand that the few remaining sand dunes areas in the Costa del Sol must be protected against attempts to give “carte blanche” for new licences or concessions by the relevant authority.

 

We won’t let go to waste all our achievements and past efforts to protect this!

 

 

 

March 2011

STARTING THE WORKS AT “EL BARRONAL DE LA MORENA” – Las Chapas/El Rosario

Regarding the start of the upgrading works and improvements on the top of the area of this macro-project, our Association has held a meeting with the Town Planning management of the City Council of Marbella, in order to dispel any doubts about our claim to save approximately 25.000m2 of this beautiful dune with highly valuable vegetation from being developed.

The Town Planning office assures us that the project is fully consistent with all that was agreed in the many meetings held with the City Council during the winter-spring 2009-2010 and the promises of the other authorities involved. Therefore, approximately 1/3 of sand dune vegetation remains safe of any development. In the lower area, the Coastal Demarcation Authority have defined the Maritime and Terrestrial Public Domain (D.P.M.T.) by means of boundary stones and the pedestrian path (6m) by means of “windchaser".

We trust our politicians and we hope we do not have to mobilize protests during the future development works.

 

February 2011

 

Only 10 miles offshore from the Coast of Malaga, between Fuengirola - Punta Calaburra and Marbella new seismic prospectings are planned to look for gas and oil! Even an oil rig is expected to be placed for those prospectings.

 

Our opposition to such seismic prospectings is clearly to defend the preservation of the marina fauna and flora as they are a potential threat for the ecosystems maritime and -seaside. Several studies have shown that seismic surveys are absolutely incompatible with marine life for their physical, physiological and behavioural effects on the species inhabiting the areas where they are performed, and within migratory paths of dolphins and fisheries. We can confirm that in the planned area of intervention several dolphin families of all ages have their habitat, and they can easily be spotted from the shore as their diary course is perpendicular to the coast. These colonies of cetaceans would be directly affected by prospectings campaigns.

STATE OF ALARM FOR THE COSTA DEL SOL COASTLINE

 

Back in the year 2005, our Association had to intervene both at the Naval Command as at the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce in reference to the seismic prospectings campaigns carried out by the “Atlantic Explorer” ship, because of the inevitable environmental, social and financial impacts that such oil prospecting could entail for Marbella and the Costa del Sol.

 

Back then, seismic prospectings were conducted at the following coordinates:

 

A: 004º 55’ 43,66’’ W  -  36º 28’ 56,03’’ N         

B: 004º 25’ 12,38’’ W  -  36º 29’ 22,48’’ N

C: 004º 25’ 02.73’’ W  -  36º 20’ 53,16’’ N         

D: 004º 55’ 30,61’’ W  -  36º 20’ 27,78’’ N

 

Our letters of complaint are addressed to all competent Authorities, requiring them to ensure the general interest of all citizens, by preventing any unsustainable damage to be caused along the shoreline of the Costa del Sol.

 

Well-kept beaches and preserved nature attract quality tourism, ensuring the welfare of all.

 

 

  January 2011

WE REQUEST PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT FOR THE SAND DUNES AREAS ALONG THE COST OF MARBELLA

 

Even if the year 2010 came to an end having brought much satisfaction to the Association, and thus to all citizens, for the achievements we reached and the collaboration we received from the Administrations and the Hon. Town Hall of Marbella during the past year, there still is a lot to do.

 

The media repercussions have been strong and the support of the press to the incessant labour of our Association in favour of the defence and preservation of the few sand dunes area that still survive in the Municipality of Marbella, is unwavering.

 

Nevertheless, the financial crisis has also harmed the development of the promised actions in the projects undertaken directly by our Association and regrettably the delays in the starting of several projects are noticeable. In short we must mention the following affected dunes areas, which actually have no current date to be carried out and are still pending, although the plans of these projects exists already:

 

·         Dunas  “La Adelfa” – Bahía de Marbella

·         Dunas  “El Barronal de la Morena” – Alicate

·         Dunas  “La Víbora” – Elviria

·         Dunas  “Las Chapas” – Elviria

·         Dunas  “Real de Zaragoza y Tiempo libre” – Elviria

·         Dunas  Artola Monumento Natural – Cabopino-Calahonda

 

The negotiations of our Association are efficient and necessary – thus we will continue to be the defenders of the sand dunes enclaves with the help of everybody.

 

December 2010

DEMARCATION OF BOUNDARIES WITH MARKERS

ALONG THE COAST AND DUNES OF MARBELLA

 

The Coastal Demarcation Authority Andalucía-Mediterráneo is carrying out the signalling of the Maritime Terrestrial Public Domain (D.P.M.T.) along the coast of Marbella through the placement of markers (white concrete poles with D.P.M.T. identification marks).

 

This is very good news for our citizens, as with these markers make clearly visible and highlight the boundaries, which are already approved by law, clearly signalling the authenticity of the coastal and dunes protection.

 

November 2010

ECO-TOURISM ON THE COAST OF MARBELLA

GUIDED TOURS AROUND THE SAND DUNES “LA ADELFA” OF BAHÍA DE MARBELLA

 

For the second consecutive summer, the collaboration between the Pro-Dunas  Association and the French Tourism Agency, has had once more a resounding success, as it shows that the foreign tourists want to experience new sensations, besides sunshine and beach during their summer holidays in our region.

 

This new eco- tourism seeks closeness to nature through these meetings with the natural environment in the sand dunes of Marbella. The guided tours have been welcomed with great enthusiasm by the participants; and the didactic introduction to the rich wildlife, fauna and flora, has given them a new impetus, raising their awareness about the need to protect and preserve the last dunes on the coast of Marbella.

 

 

October 2010

PRESENTATION AND PLACEMENT OF 3 ILLUSTRATIVE POSTERS IN THE SAND DUNES “LA ADELFA”
BAHÍA DE MARBELLA

 

One more step towards the total protection

 

The aim of placing these 3 new posters in the dunes “La Adelfa” is to bring the public closer to the natural wealth there is on the coastline of Marbella.

 

The extense information about the formation of the dunes sistems along the coastline of Marbella and with photographs to illustrate and highlight the fauna and flora at these dunes “La Adelfa”, will happily arouse the interest of everyone to partake in the preservation and protection of the sand dunes as well as the conservation of nature.

        

 

 

September 2010

        

DAY OF COASTAL ACTION  AND CLEANING OF THE “LA ADELFA”-BEACH
BAHÍA DE MARBELLA

Great participation in the annual Day of keeping clean the beach and dune of  “La Adelfa” of Bahía de Marbella. We wish to express our thanks to all who have actively collaborated in this task – children and adults alike- and have worked enduring the baking sun and under the watchful gaze of  TV cameras and the press!

 

 

August 2010

SEA TURTLE “ADELFA” HAS BEEN FREED

36º38.3702'N - 004º23.9557'W

 

Four long years have been necessary for the sea turtle (Caretta Caretta turtle), named “Adelfa” by the Association Pro Dunas  in honour of the place where she had been found by a pleasure boat, close to the beach “La Adelfa” of Bahía de Marbella in Marbella and rescued from a certain death, to have been given the “green light” by the veterinaries of the “Aula del Mar’ in Malaga to be released back at sea on the 23rd of July, together with another 4 turtles.

 

Thanks to the great professionalism and daily dedication at the hospital of Aula del Mar  (CREMA) "Adelfa" has recovered from the major injury sustained in the shell, at the time presenting a huge fracture with bone loss, probably caused by a shark. Thanks to a tamponage with a high concentration of epibionts, and lepas sp (goose barnacles), she survived the impact of the bite.

 

We would like to thank the veterinaries team for the painstaking intensive care extended to "our" Adelfa, which, thanks to the care received during these long months, has grown new plastron. With a lovely weight of 76 kg (4 years ago she was barely 32 kg) she has found again the way to her natural habitat - the sea. This important event, the leading of the turtles to their freedom, has been attended both by the Minister of the Environment of the Junta de Andalucía, Mr. José Juan Diaz Trillo as well as the Provincial Delegate of the Ministry of the Environment, Mrs. Remedios Martel Gómez and the directors and veterinarians of the Aula del Mar, and members of the Association Pro Dunas . TV cameras and the press have been able to attend this event, at sea.

 

BEST OF LUCK “ADELFA

 

July 2010

WE RECEIVED THE VISIT OF . . .

 

More than 50 students of the first grade of Higher Secondary Education and some of the second grade of Secondary Education from the IES MARQUÉS DE COMARES Secondary School in Lucena (Cordoba), they have had the opportunity to spend a day on the beach right next to the Artola Natural Monument - Cabopino, as their end of school excursion.

 

In this natural setting, and in order to promote the transmission of knowledge on and respect for the environment, as well as to raise the awareness on the importance of preserving and protecting the few sand dunes eco-systems that are still left on the coast of Marbella, we have handed out to them some didactical documents on the Artola Natural Monument – Cabopino.

 

Members of our Association delivered a short presentation on the millenary formation of the dunes in the Mediterranean area, and explained to them the importance of protecting the indigenous flora and keeping intact the various eco-systems there are in this unique and interesting area of close to 20 hectares.

 

June 2010 

 

WE PLEAD FOR CHANGE OF CRITERIA IN THE PROTECTION EASEMENT FOR THE LOSS OF BEACHES AND LOSS OF Maritime-Terrestrial Public Domain

 

 

We gather the testimony of a large number of citizens that are worried about the continuous loss of coastal area that they perceive as they stroll along the beach – some 13 km of seashore- from Cabopino (Artola Natural Monument) to the Rio Real stream.

 

At the request of residents, we covered this stretch of coast, and much to our dismay, we confirmed that it is indeed true that this stretch of coast is loosing its beaches and with them, the Maritime-Terrestrial Public Domain. In very few areas is there still enough Maritime-Terrestrial Public Domain to be protected under the Coastal Laws. The Public Domain is only spared there were it is some metres above the seashore, otherwise it is blurred with the beaches.

 

We suggest an immediate and necessary action from all the Administrations for this regrettable and irreparable phenomenon in this stretch of the coast of Marbella, caused mainly by currents and storms, as well as by abusive construction practices in the past. According to our study, new criteria must be set for the greenbelt between the sea and the developed areas. It is a fact: the advance of the sea is unstoppable.

A good example is the annual loss of 1-2m of dunes mass in Bahia de Marbella, which we denounce year after year, demanding a final solution to counteract the loss of beaches. It is just a matter of time before the sea starts to gobble up the first buildings because of this lack of prevention criteria in the past. New and urgent guidelines for the Coastal Laws are necessary to guarantee the survival of the seashore, such as the location of the protection parameter in reference to the Protection Easement, in areas where it is still possible to rectify this. There are still areas where it is perfectly feasible to apply the Urban Development Laws of Andalucia of the Area of Influence Regulations (>500m).

 

We plead for a change of strategy in the protection of the coast, which would mean that all town councils, in this case the Town hall of Marbella, and all Regional Ministries of the “Junta de Andalucia”, in this case the Provincial Department of the Regional Ministry for the Environment, should apply the actual meaning of the word “protection” to the Protection Easement. That is, that this easement should be the red strip of “no man’s land” and be kept virgin, with all the wild nature intact, just as the seaside used to be formerly, filled with dunes thicket and Mediterranean pine trees as also little mammals and birds of prey. The latest events and positive results in the dunes area of “El Barronal de la Morena” are proof that with the good will of everyone, these protection criteria can very well be applied.

 

Therefore, and with a responsible forward-looking approach, we insist that no more authorization or licences for building should be granted within the Protection Easement, be they social Clubs, swimming pools, tennis courts, paddle courts or other any other facilities. These facilities should be included within the development areas in the future.  In case there is a legal gap in the general application of the Coastal Laws, new demarcations should be drawn up, to counteract the loss of seaside areas and make room for new public spaces such as tracks and promenades.

 

We will applaud the involved Administrations that take our initiative in a positive light, as our proposal conveys the feelings of the citizens, who wish to see urgent action to save these sites of the coast and dunes areas where it is still possible to save them, and wish to see wooden fences being installed, as well as tracks that will heighten the protectionist value.

 

 

May 2010 

 

 

IN SEARCH OF BALANCE BETWEEN NATURE AND DEVELOPMENT
THE DUNE “EL BARRONAL DE LA MORENA” - El Rosario/ Alicate Beach (Marbella)

 

September 2009 began with startling news for our Association. The dune “El Barronal de la Morena” was in danger of disappearing, which called for an immediate action. Our intervention and call to action were seconded and supported by several protectionist and political collectives. The overwhelming citizen participation and the numerous claims filed at the Administrative Authorities are proof of its effective worth.

 

Throughout the past months, numerous negotiations at the highest level and at various authorities have been necessary to prevent the total loss of this intact eco-system -  including an Early Day Motion submitted at the Andalusian Parliament in Seville- so today we have one eye in tears and the other with a smile. The preservation of this dune, a jewel, demanded a lot of good will and perseverance, diplomacy and tactfulness in all fields, and it required great ecological understanding from all parties involved, considering that this dune had been dealt a loosing hand.

 

Eventually, and thanks to the joint effort of everyone, we have achieved the impossible: Find a balance between the total disappearance and the partial survival of a nature spot that was doomed to be gobbled down by the yoke of concrete as it is located in land available for development. Therefore, we must congratulate the citizens and friends of the dunes for the great support they showed. Without them, the task would have been so much harder. Yet, we must also congratulate the parties in opposition, such as: the Town Hall of Marbella who have played a central role in the coordination of the different moods, and the legal coordination of the various interests; the developers, Coastal Demarcation Authorities and the Provincial Department for the Environment.

 

Together, we have succeeded in protecting the valuable dune of Barronal de la Morena at Alicate beach (Marbella) as a Natural Heritage with all the rights to thrive once more on a third (approximately 25,000 m2) of the land initially destined to be developed. A rather difficult symbiosis has been established – aiming at a peaceful coexistence between nature and concrete - and stretching to the maximum the Coastal Laws. All that we have achieved must now be ratified in an amendment of the Draft Master Plan within the General Town Planning Scheme (PGOU) to guarantee its perfect legality.

 

Once this goal has been achieved, the various restoration actions can be started. The first measure to be taken is to enclose the dune on the width with a wooden banister between the dune area to be protected and the coming development, to prevent any motorized transgression that would harm the fragile ecosystem. Wooden footbridges will be installed to ease the pedestrian access to the beach. Within the context of Integral Coastal Management, the eradication of invasive plants will be carried out in order to prevent the displacement of the existing indigenous flora, and wild flowers will be replanted to erase any traces of the damages caused by the heavy machinery last year.

 

The sad episode we endured and the quick citizen action should be a wake-up call to the Administrative Authorities to realize that the Costa del Sol must not loose another metre of green area on its coastal zone. We wish that any future initiatives for the preservation be unconditionally supported and defended by the Town Hall and other Administrative Authorities involved. The people and the nature-loving tourist will no doubt be most thankful.

 

April 2010 

COMPREHENSIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND PRESERVATION OF THE

DUNES SYSTEMS OF THE BEACHES  “LA VÍBORA” AND “LAS CHAPAS”, ELVIRIA

 

In continuation of the line of preservation of dunes systems along the Andalusian Coast and gathering the voices of both residents and visitors, our Association have started the pertaining negotiations in the different Administrations and the City Council of Marbella, so that this beautiful dune, located on the beach La Vibora, Elviria, between the Beach-Restaurants “Perla Blanca” and “El Laurel” of approximately 1 km long, can be protected by installing wooden fences with accesses to the beach, to preserve the wild flora and thus boost the uniqueness of the existing eco-systems.

 

At the same time, this dune could well be included in the Environmental Education Programs that are presented to school children by the Town Hall of Marbella every year. Our youngsters will be able to follow up the first steps taken in favour of the environment, and these programs help raise awareness from a very young age. Once the ecological fencing in is completed, the Comprehensive Management could be started in the dune, with works for the eradication of invasive exotic plants and subsequent replanting of indigenous flora.

 

The project for the reconditioning of the Maritime-Terrestrial Public Domain includes also measures to be taken in the dunes “Las Chapas”, as well as the development of pedestrian trails between the beach restaurants “Tony’s” and “El Laurel”, that will be linked to the already existing trails in the dune of “La Vibora” in Elviria.

 

It is with initiatives of this kind that our Association is struggling to preserve the last dunes systems in the Municipality of Marbella; guaranteeing their survival it represents a natural heritage of huge value, even in spite of the mass development of housing estates.

 

March 2010 

One step away from getting  . . .

 

 THE DESIGNATION AS “ NATURAL MONUMENT”
FOR THE DUNES “LA ADELFA” OF BAHÍA DE MARBELLA

 

We are very pleased to inform all the members of the Association and friends of the dunes that, by virtue of the regulations, and as our Association had submitted the dossier for cataloguing in the year 2004, the dunes “La Adelfa”, of approximately 4,5 hectares, have passed yet another test on the road to being designated as “Natural Monument”.

 

The local Government board has promoted its approval fot this project for the preservation of the dunes “La Adelfa” in Bahía de Marbella, which will be ratified by the next Plenary Session of the Local city council of Marbella . This project will be supported and defended at the Consejería of the Environment of the autonomous Government to be designated as “Natural Monument”. With this measure, for which our Association has been struggling with tenacity for nearly 6 years, we will achieve a total protection of this interesting dunes area, and by means of this designation guaranteeing this legacy for future generations, keeping them safe from any attempted abuse with profit-making goals.

 

Earlier on (December 2008), our proposal had been submitted to the Provincial Council for the Environment and Bio-diversity of Malaga, who had granted a Favourable Report for the cataloguing.

 

The Law 42/2007, of the 13th of December, for Natural Wealth and Bio-diversity, enacted and published in the B.O.E. (Official State Gazette) nº 299 of 14/12/2007, determines that, according to the natural wealth items to be protected, natural areas are classified in different protection categories, amongst which there is “Natural Monument” for those natural areas with formations of notorious uniqueness or landscaping beauty fore which they deserve a special protection. The Technical Report proposed and submitted by our Association to the Environmental Administration justifies in technical terms the designation as “Natural Monument” of the dunes La Adelfa, in the Municipality of Marbella.

 

We hope that all our members and friends of the dunes realize the great value and importance it represents for Bahia de Marbella that this unique dunes area is designated “Natural Monument” and which will be a natural inheritance for ever.

 

February 2010 

THE SEA MOVES IN  . . .

 

These valuable dunes areas with its eco-systems act as a protective fence against the swell and surge of the sea. Regretfully, year after year, storms and ocean currents reduce the dunes mass by 1 to 2 m.

 

It, therefore, is everyone’s responsibility to watch over the last dunes still left along the Andalusian coast, in order to prevent their destruction by human negligence. The lack of respect is entailing the fast destruction of those systems and uprooting the dunes flowers will accelerate the disappearance of the natural vegetation and with it the natural fixing of the dunes.

 

We also invite all the Administrations involved in the preservation of the dunes, be they national, regional or local, that they might act with responsability and be aware that it is essential to protect the last dunes systems, to everyone’s benefit.

 

January 2010

PEDESTRIAN WOODEN PATHS ALONG THE DUNES “LA ADELFA” OF
BAHÍA DE MARBELLA

 

According to the information we received from the Coastal Demarcation Andalucía-Mediterráneo Authorities and the Provincial Department for the Environment the fragile eco-systems of the dunes in Bahía de Marbella will finally be protected this coming summer by the installation of pedestrian wooden bridges that will enable to promenade along the dunes “La Adelfa” of Bahía de Marbella, as well as ease the pedestrian access to the beach, blocking all motorized traffic. With these measures, the survival and preservation of the flora and wildlife of these valuable dunes area is guaranteed, promoting the free and spontaneous development of the valuable indigenous flora.

 

With this environmental recovery project that had been promised years ago, will culminate the multiple and continuous efforts of our Association to enlist the support from the Administrations for the preservation of one of the last dunes area. Its valuable eco-systems were recovered thanks to the continuous work carried out by the members of the Association and the hard work in raising the awareness of the citizens that enjoy the privilege of wandering through these dunes of outstanding beauty.

 

It is everyone’s task to preserve and protect nature and it represents an exceptional value for the Municipality of Marbella.