AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
2nd October 2019 ProDunas is proud of the award presented to its President, Fernando Piquer Villarroel at the Adolfo Suárez Congress Centre in Marbella
On 2nd October the Adolfo Suárez Congress Centre hosted the second edition of the Gala that pays tribute to people who stand out for their work for and contribution to Marbella.
Fernando Piquer Villarroel, President of the ProDunas Association of Marbella since 2004, gave a brief summary of the 15 years he has spent working altruistically “in favour of the dunes” – hence the very pertinent name for the Association.
The Association ensures, as its legacy, the recovery, rehabilitation and protection of 9 dune environments to be the Natural Heritage – Dunes of Marbella. Its main objective has always been the creation of a program of active participation by members of the public, as well as making our young people aware of the dunes through the “Schoolchildren becoming Sponsors” program. The maxim to engage the schools and motivate the school children is: 1 seed = 1 native shrub.
Fernando has been the true pioneer and promoter of the difficult project to get the dune ecosystem recognised and declared officially as the “Ecological Reserve – Dunes of Marbella”. He achieved this in 2015. Members of the public now number more than 2,000 a year who come to work as volunteers in clean ups and garbage collection events, eradication of invasive alien species and / or reforestation to create green lungs along the Costa del Sol.
This recognition undoubtedly encourages Fernando to continue aiming very high in his long career serving as an inspiration to the rest of the friends, partners and supporters who continue to be captivated by his work.
2017 – PRIZE AWARDED BY THE MARBELLA MARINA Ⅱ EDITION
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.
2015 – PROVINCIAL COUNCIL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY IN MALAGA
APPOINTMENT OF OUR ASSOCIATION TO AND MEMBER OF THE BOARD
The appointment of our President, Fernando Piquer Villarroel, as Member of this Provincial Council for the Environment and Biodiversityin Málaga facilitates an effective and active defence of environmental issues pertaining to the Municipality of Marbella and above all helps to safeguard the interests of the dune systems of the Province of Malaga.
Participation in the Council represents additional work for us. However, we are confident that we can provide ample material and knowledge to complement the regulatory framework of this body which provides advice and takes an active part in the working of the Provincial Council.
2012 – THE PRO DUNAS ASSOCIATION IS AWARDED WITH THE XVII ENVIRONMENT PRIZE ANDALUCIA
The jury which awards the prizes have acknowledged the continuing efforts of our non–profit Association, appreciating the different annual performances, highlighted by the multiple projects and actions related to the preservation, protection and maintenance of the dune areas in the Municipality of Marbella since 2004.
The granting of this award is the culmination of many years of struggle and unconditional labour and it represents the public acknowledgement to a team of volunteers who spend many hours of their time selflessly, because they believe in projects that impact on the common good of all citizens. With their solidary cooperation they are effectively part of the Association’s initiatives.
We strongly believe that the environmental initiatives can promote the transformation of society through awareness workshops and outreach, as well as a respectful behavour and protection of nature, with the help of the younger generation in participatory programmes.
2008 – RECOGNITION BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ANDALUCIA
By means of this commemorative plaque, the contribution of the team’s continuous efforts are rewarded and their actions in leading to the recovery of, or primary assistance to live or dead animals are recognized, as well as the reliable collection of statistical data on the registry and biometrics on the health of the dolphins and sea turtles beached during these years, and the help provided in carrying out the necessary autopsies in an attempt to identify the possible causes of the beachings.
Special mention should be made of the great ethical and professional concern shown by the team that works with us, and also attention must be paid to the members of the public who are often present at the moment the animals need help. They try to calm things down, to inform people about what is happening and in general underline the sensitivity, the environmental problematics of marine wild life. By means of this information and the raising of social awareness of members of the public, favourable participation and commitment may be enhanced should future beachings occur.
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Asociación ProDunas Marbella
The Association works tirelessly for the defence and preservation of the unique ecosystems that survive in the natural sand dune environments in the Province of Málaga; promotes the protection of native flora and small wildlife; promotes recovery, rehabilitation and conservation of interesting biodiversity of sand dunes areas in the municipality of Marbella.