Asociación Pro Dunas Marbella

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

 

 

 

 

News 2017

October, 2017

 

SIGHTINGS OF WILD BOARS IN THE NATURAL MONUMENT "DUNAS DE ARTOLA"


PRODUNAS alert the regional Ministry of Environment that sightings of wild boars are happening.

  We urge citizens not to take any action against these animals since it can be dangerous. Any misdirected intervention can harm the flora and fauna that inhabit this place.

Public administrations must ensure the maintenance of the flora and fauna in this dune environment. 
Produnas welcomes the sending of photographic documentation of possible sightings of wild boars.





September, 2017


ARTIFICIAL REEFS OR SUBMERGED BREAKWATERS?

We are continuing to insist on having meetings with the various Public Administrations in an attempt to raise their awareness about the shattering negative effects caused by the various storms on the beaches and dunes to the east of Marbella.

ProDunas argues that in-depth hydrodynamic studies of currents and tides should be carried out to stabilize the beaches and subsequently to execute the implementation of "artificial reefs" on 3 areas on the coastline which have dunes.

We affirm our belief that there has to be a symbiosis between sea and land which will help create new marine ecosystems.

It has been shown that marine habitats generate enormous wealth of marine flora and fauna and can at the same time help preserve the beaches and their dune systems.

There is currently great biological degradation, accompanied by poor regeneration capacity of the underwater biodiversity on the seabed. This is not compacted, which favours the onslaught of storms toward the coast and the dunes.

Creating “artificial reefs” encourages new marine ecosystems with lush submarine life and on the same time we attract a scuba diving tourism which is respectful with nature.


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August, 2017




RELEASE OF CHAMELEONS IN THE NATURAL MONUMENT “DUNES OF ARTOLA”

PRODUNAS is to be congratulated. For the second year the Centre for the Recovery of the Common Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon), at the request of the Environmental Protection Office of the City of Málaga, is giving our Association 5 of these reptiles to be released in the surroundings of the Natural Monument "Dunas of Artola" in Cabopino.
The authorisation that has made this act possible comes from an agreement between the Provincial Council of Málaga and the Department of Geo- and Biodiversity of the Delegation for the Environment and Planning of the Regional Andalusian Government. It is a recognition of the valuable dune environment which abounds in lush Mediterranean vegetation, unique in the Province of Malaga and which makes it a perfect habitat for this unique reptile.



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Noticias 2016

July, 2017

 

HOT OFF THE PRESSES


The ProDunas Association of Marbella has been awarded the
2nd Edition of the “Marinero” Prize by the Marbella Marina.

This distinction is given "for work carried out in spreading
and developing maritime activity and good
environmental practices".

This prize encourages us to continue with our commitment to preserve and conserve both the land and sea coastal ecosystems, and to work to keep our natural heritage safe for future generations.





June, 2017

 

NO TO PLANTING OLIVE TREES IN THE DUNES


ProDunas is against the recent planting of olive trees in La Real de Zaragoza and Las Chapas-Elviria dune areas. The variety planted by the Marbella Town Hall - Olivo Gordal – is not listed as one of the native plants authorized by the Ministry of the Environment.

Gordal Olive trees are grown in Andalucía, mainly because of the large size olive they produce. There should be no Olive groves in the dunes and definitely none at the base of the protective dunes.

On the other hand, reforestation with Acebuche (Olea europaea var. sylvestris) is permitted because it is a wild olive and develops as a shrub. The Acebuche is at home among mastics, myrtles, fan palm or black hawthorn. (It can stand up to the salty, sandy soil and the strong winds. All these) species are included in the list of plants suitable for the dunes.

HELP US CONSERVE THE DUNES AND THEIR NATIVE FLORA!




May, 2017

 

NO TO PLASTIC BUCKETS IN THE DUNES


Dune ecosystems do not want experiments! For many years and together with schoolchildren we have reforested in different dune areas of the Ecological Reserve of Marbella with more than 6,000 seedlings, supplied by the Ministry of Environment.

We have been watering them for 2 years, tending them with love, and now they are showing off their beautiful dune vegetation.

Can you imagine, how would these dune environments be if more than 6,000 plastic cubes had been buried - so called “Permaculture”? The dunes are the barometer of nature and are highly sensitive to alterations.

¡KEEP PLASTIC FREE DUNAR ENVIRONMENTS!




April, 2017

 

PRO DUNAS VISITS THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT IN MADRID


We requested this meeting to plead for the rehabilitation of the Marbella coastline and the dunes east of Marbella.

The recent winter storms have left an "ecological disaster" the likes of which have never been seen before. ProDunas felt the need to appeal to the Administration to get involved with effective measures to recover the lost ecosystems, beaches and dunes in Las Chapas-Elviria.

Replacing the sand which has been lost by sand from the sea-floor is still on hold. ProDunas wants to make the Administrations sensitive to the issue so that provision for looking after and showcasing our beautiful beaches and their dunes will be included in the annual budget. Tourism has to be nurtured and nature must be preserved. WITHOUT DUNES THERE ARE NO BEACHES!




March, 2017

 

NO DUNES, NO BEACHES!


This is the slogan which introduces the new era of the ProDunas Association.

New campaigns and social networks will spread the message and show the importance of our Natural heritage and the tireless, ongoing work we do. Documentaries, audiovisuals and a new graphic image will highlight the creative and vital character of ProDunas.

Other Associations and experienced professionals will work with us to develop extensive environmental projects in the dunes, on the shore lines and in the coastal area of the sea.

Join us in this new era, full of exciting challenges!







February, 2017

 

A VISIT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF AVILA


It was a pleasure to welcome a group of University students from the Catholic University of Ávila who are studying for a Master's Degree to become:

"Experts in the Defence and Conservation of Nature".

We are honoured to have been able to give them a comprehensive explanation of the formation of the dune systems and of the rich biodiversity in the Natural Monument "Dunas de Artola".

They showed great interest in and knowledge of botany and we initiated them in how to grub out, manually, from the root, the invasive False Mimosa (Acacia saligna) species.

  We hope they will not forget their short stay in Marbella and that they enjoyed both the interesting nature in the dunes as well as the well-earned swim off on the beautiful Cabopino beach.



Jenuary, 2017


SAND CANONS TO GET THE COAST BACK IN MARBELLA

The December 2016 storm has swallowed tons of sand from the beaches and dunes of Marbella. All this sand has been dumped on the sandbanks just about less half a mile offshore.

We have suggested to the various Administrative bodies that specialized boats should dredge the sandbanks and that specialised canons shoot jets of the clean and unpolluted sand directly onto the beaches.

This sand contains no contaminants. It can and should be used as it is clean and completely reusable to repair the beaches.

The cubic meters of sand currently lying on the sandbars should be recovered as soon as possible. It is of no use to bathers where it is and it does not harm marine habitats.

It is time to raise out sights and to be flexible in our approach to the different solutions being put forward. The coastline of the Province of Malaga is the tourist motherlode for all the Municipalities. We have to move fast



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News 2016

December, 2016

Dune area La Adelfa

Dune area El Arenal

SERIOUS DAMAGE TO THE BEACHES AND DUNES
IN MARBELLA

Nothing like this has been seen in the Province of Malaga in over 30 years. For many of us it is the first time we have ever seen anything like it.

The Costa del Sol has experienced flooding that has caused enormous environmental consequences both on the beaches and in the dunes of Marbella.

A wall of water caused by the deep depression in the Alborán Sea destroyed part of the La Víbora dune in Las Chapas-Elviria. A giant wave displaced a cement block weighing a ton; it shifted a dune mass of 3 meters in depth and more than 2m in height; it completely carried away the perimeter protection of concatenated stakes.

The Real de Zaragoza stream has opened a new path to the sea, taking with it several meters of dune.

The ecological damage is severe and the clean-up is going to take the various Municipalities a long time.




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Dune area La Víbora

Dune area Real de Zaragoza


November, 2016

 

SUPPORT FOR ARTOLA


This has been the motto for many co-workers and Pro Dunas partners who have taken part in a Day of manual garbage collection in the Natural Monument "Dunas de Artola" in Cabopino. They come to clean up what others have thrown away in the dunes owing to a lack of civic sense.

The Natural Monument "Dunas de Artola" deserves to be treated with respect and a sense of responsibility by everyone who goes there.

We express our thanks to the volunteers who take part in this Day for their selfless work. Using this as an example we hope that everyone will become aware and work with us in protecting this privileged environment.

Thank you!

link: Citizen participation


October, 2016


AN INVESTOR'S GREEN SOUL

Mohinani-Platinum, an investment group based in Hong Kong has been in positive negotiations with our Association concerning the perservation of the different dune systems on the land involved. This preservation and the project concerning the construction in 2019 of an outstanding G; 5* Hotel and Resort was presented at a press conference.

This is great news for Pro Dunas. It was publicly stated that "the regeneration of the dune system will be of added value to the future Resort Hotel, as the surrounding natural environment is a luxury and we intend to improve and integrate it into the landscape of the Resort". They will count on, at all times, with the advice and know-how of the Pro Dunas Association.

We can state, with great satisfaction that:
The entire dune system contained in the Right of Protection (100m) between the Ciudad Sindical and the Real de Zaragoza stream will be actively recovered, rehabilitated and reforested with indigenous vegetation.

There will be no construction in this dune area! Our Association will be on the supervising team, which gives us tremendous satisfaction.


In the same manner the dune system, which is already protected by the Ecological Reserve all along the beach will be respected and it will be enhanced by extending the coastal boardwalk.

We would like to express our thanks to the excellent team of the Mohinani-Platinum Group which at all times was open to the advice and concerns of our Association.

This sensitivity to the environment and "Marbella's Natural Values" shows that urban developments can exist in harmony with nature.

 


September, 2016


PRO DUNAS presents a COMPLAINT

Marbella Town Hall does not apply the regulations in the Natural Monument "Dunas de Artola"!

 


Motorised vehicles (except for ambulances and those of the security forces) are not allowed to transit this site. Because of this legislation, Marbella Town Hall closed off the entire surface area to the north-east of the Natural Monument with wooden railings.

To conform with this legislation Pro Dunas urges the Town Hall to close the rural road to the west of the Monument (as you approach from Triana), which has recently let traffic in, and to block the large area being used as a car park thus ensuring that the natural growth of the dunar vegetation is not interfered with.

Pro Dunas urges Marbella Town Hall to make the rural road suitable for pedestrians as was referred to, in writing, in April 2016. The pedestrian path should make it possible for people with difficulties or in wheelchairs to access the footbridges in the Natural Monument so that they too can enjoy the wonderful natural setting and the sensational views from the Natural Monument of Artola.


August, 2016

 

ARTOLA

VANDALS CONTINUE THEIR ACTS OF DESTRUCTION

 


Thanks to the cooperation of members of the public we can provide proof of these absurd destructive acts.


All the photographic documentation we receive is forwarded by Pro Dunas to the competent authorities so that they can put things right without delay.

When will the Town Hall of Marbella, the Department of the Environment of the Junta de Andalucía and the Costal Authorities react?


July, 2016

 

PRO DUNES DENOUNCES VANDALISM IN THE NATURAL MONUMENT ARTOLA


Broken handrails and boardwalks torn up - that is how the area around Natural Monument "Dunas de Artola" in Cabopino looks today.

Our Association has collected the complaints of those who have seen, with astonishment, how this beautiful dune environment is suffering determined vandalism attacks all along the pedestrian walkway that was designed for everyone, so that we, residents and tourists alike, can discover the scenic beauty of this natural monument area and learn more about.

We would like to appeal to everyone's common sense so that we can all enjoy and learn from the great biodiversity of this environment which, thanks to the efforts of the various public administrations involved in the construction of the walkways, we can enjoy, while strolling along, surrounded by its magnificent natural beauty.

This Natural Heritage belongs to all of us!


June, 2016

 

THE AWARDING OF THE DIPLOMAS
"SPONSORSHIP OF THE DUNES BY SCHOOLCHILDREN"
- 4th Year –


Today the schoolchildren and educational centres take centre stage. The Marbella Town Hall, together with our Association have handed in the Diplomas as they have sponsored a dune area in the Ecological Reserve-Marbella Dunes.

Several schools have realised that the diversity of flora in these dunes is facilitating the teaching of Environmental Studies and they are moving their "classroom" out to the dunes, and teaching surrounded by "their" dune. We applaud these initiatives and invite other schools to find out how easy it is to teach the classes of Natural Sciences when surrounded by nature. It enhances interest in taking part, in deepening their knowledge and promotes young people's understanding of the need to look after the environment.

We would like to thank all the students for taking part in this Dune Sponsorship Program and for their 4 years of dedication.


May, 2016

"DUNAS DE ARTOLA" NATURAL MONUMENT CABOPINO
STOP!
YOUR DOG MUST BE A ON LEASH WHILE ON THE BOARDWALKS


The Pro Dunas Association uses the Artola Natural Monument Park, especially the Torre Ladrones area officially to teach schoolchildren about the environment and local culture.

The schoolchildren sit on the ground during classes and it is very unpleasant for them to come across dog faeces.

The same applies to everyone who is helping in the recovery of the dunes by eradicating invasive plants or is on a Team Building Day.

Therefore - we ask for everyone's cooperation in this matter. We appeal to the civic-mindedness of dog owners to:

1º - Keep their dog on a leash while walking on the boardwalks;
2º - Collect the dog's excrement should there be a mishap.


Thank you for your cooperation.


April, 2016

"FAMILY PROJECTS" IN DUNE ENVIRONMENTS


A new initiative called "Family Projects" has been submitted to both the Hon. Marbella Town Hall and all relevant public administrations.

Our proposal aims at getting families and the general public to come to the wild dunes and teach them to enjoy the dune environments without harming them.

This initiative is based on making families aware of the sensitivity of the dune ecology, which will result in them taking greater care of it.


We hope to get the following proposals up and running in 2016:

- Playgrounds
- Tables with wooden benches
- Enclosed dog Parks


The following dune environments are perfect sites for these facilities:

- Bahía de Marbella - next to the "Realejo" stream
- El Alicate - next to the "Siete revueltas" stream
- Real de Zaragoza - next to the "Sequillo" stream



These sites have been carefully chosen so as not to damage the natural development of the flora and fauna of the dunes, bit to get people interested in studying their evolution.


March, 2016

 

VISIT TO THE NATURAL MONUMENT
"DUNAS DE ARTOLA", CABOPINO


Sunday, 20th March 2016


Guided tour from the "Ladrones" Tower,
along the Artola dune area boardwalk
and visit of the "Lance de las Cañas" Tower.

We would like to thank everyone who took part with us on the walk through the Artola Natural Monument area where nature, beautiful and unique, can be found at every step.


February 2016


IN DEFENSE OF THE LAST REMAINING DUNE ECOSYSTEMS

At the end of 2015 very disturbing news emanated from Marbella Town Hall. Our Pro Dunas Association was instantly alerted. The cancellation of the 2010 General Plan for Urban Works (PGOU) could lead to the awakening of investor interest in grabbing sites in the dune ecosystems in the Protected Easement areas.

 

Our Association is fighting with Marbella Town Hall and all the relevant Public Administration bodies to safeguard the last Protected Easements Areas, so that the dunes are preserved as areas of natural beauty.

 

We call for our elected officials, both in Marbella Town Hall and the Andalusian Government (Junta de Andalucía), to be the guarantors of the survival of the exceptionally rich biodiversity these settings harbour and not to grant any license, permit or any other authorisation or concession for any building in these dune areas.

 

Pro Dunas believes that many initiatives which respect and are sensitive to the dune habitats can be set up in the 100m areas of the Protected Easements. All segments of the population: school children, tourists and/or businesses can be targeted.

 

The Protected Easements Areas must be declared:

"Construction Free".

 

 


January 2016

 


 

ECOLOGICAL RESERVE – A NEW FRAMEWORK OF RESPONSABILITY

FOR MARBELLA’s TOWN HALL

 

The entire Marbella dune system has been declared an Ecological Reserve. The various public Administrations must abide by the strict legal framework which has come into being for its protection. These bodies are:

 

- Marbella Town Hall
- The Ministry of the Environment, Regional Delegation

- The Andalusian Mediterranean Coastal Zone

They are required to meet a high professional ethical standard, to employ best practice and maintain the important natural habitat found in the Ecological Reserve. Above all, Marbella Town Hall has to take over the work that until now has been carried out by our Association.

For 12 years our Association has built bridges between Marbella and the public administration bodies and we all have worked together in an exemplary manner. Pro Dunas and its volunteer staff have been the engine and guarantor for the survival and recovery of the dune system along the coastline for 11km to the east of Marbella.

 

These achievements have set the bar very high for the elected representatives, especially as far as the importance of the biodiversity treasures is concerned. Therefore today we challenge the current local members of the Town Hall to continue working responsibly along the lines initiated by our Association. A programme of annual maintenance work on the dunes must be implemented so that what has taken so long to achieve is not lost in a short space of time.