Citizen participation - Ecological tourism - Events
Guided tours of Marbella’s Natural and Cultural Heritage
16th November 2019
Introduction to Volunteering with the International Hotel Management School Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, Marbella
With just one week of logistic work ProDunas organized, for Saturday 16th November, a volunteering macro-event with the participation of the School of High Hotel Management, Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, Marbella.
52 students stepped into the Volunteering world by taking part in a clean-up and garbage collection event in the magnificent surroundings of the Natural Monument “Dunas de Artola” in Cabopino.
They had more than 220,000 m² at their feet. They worked hard so that this jewel of nature could shine again, thanks to the altruistic dedication of these young aspiring entrepreneurs of many nationalities.
It really was something to see how groups of volunteers “cleaned” the beach from top to bottom and east to west. This is a fantastic place, where people like to come and enjoy its beauty in peace and quiet. The volunteers from Les Roches left it once again free of the nasty waste which others had just dumped, with no thought about its consequences.
With this event, ProDunas, has once again encouraged volunteer participation by members of the public. They showed by their example and firm commitment how to take care of and preserve an incomparable natural environment that exists so close to the centre of Marbella.
We would like to thank all those who took part: volunteers, teachers and our faithful, hardworking partners!
Especially to Ms. Mª del Carmen Díaz García, General Director of Culture, Education and Heritage of Marbella; Francisco Gaona, Responsible for Beaches and Environment and Antonio Alguacil, Environment Technician.
30th AUGUST, 2019
MAGNIFIC SCUBA DIVING and BEACH CLEAN UP EVENT AT ARTOLA!
hat was a really fabulous event. We will do it again! We feel very proud:
More than 65 friends took part, including Firefighters, Civil Protection, Ambulances and First Aid personnel, MiMoana, Diving with Nick and sub aqua enthusiasts from all over Spain. We would like to mention very specially the members of the Environment Delegation from Marbella Town Hall – 3 assistants as also the responsable of Environment, who worked so well in partnership with us. Congratulations on their superb organisation. We also thank for the political presence of José Eduardo Díaz, town Councillor of Security, who gave the necessary emotionally back up to the diving crew of Civil Protection and Firefighters.
About 300 kg of different kind of rubbish has been removed from the seabed and the breakwater!
This once again underlines that united we are strong. Working as a team we will get the stabilising multifunction artificial reefs our beaches so badly need! Everything we do is for the benefit of our beaches and their coastal ecosystems,
to conserve the wealth of the sea by establishing marine reserves,
to encourage interesting sub aqua sports such as scuba diving, which are totally respectful of nature.
Last but not least, to foster our tourism that gives the seal of internationality to Marbella.
A big thank you to everyone and we count on your support at other events down the line!
12th May 2019
A WALK ALONG THE MARBELLA COASTLINE
from the “Dunas de Artola” Natural Monument to Torre Real – 11km
including a visit to the Lance de las Cañas Tower
A wonderful, sunny Sunday tempted everyone to join the walk along the dune coastline. 67 people turned up to take part in a tour guided by 2 experts from Marbella Town Hall and ProDunas volunteers. They wanted to get to know just how rich the dune ecosystems that border the coastline (Artola Natural Monument and 9 dune areas) are.
It was an interesting experience for everyone and it ended up with an appetiser laid on by the Trocadero Arena Restaurant in Torre Real.
We would like to thank everyone who took part for their company and we are happy to have met new friends of nature.
2nd February 2019
GARBAGE CLEAN UP DAY IN THE MONUMENTO NATURAL “DUNAS DE ARTOLA” – Cabopino
They wanted to show their commitment to the dune environments and now they have a really nice memory of this day –
working with us out in the dunes.
ROTARY CLUB members from 3 groups of took part:
Rotary Club Benahavis – Rotary Club Estepona – Rotary Club San Pedro Alcántara.
We send our heartfelt thanks to each and every one who took part in this essential work looking after and conserving our dune environments.
6h October, 2018
GARBAGE CLEAN UP DAY IN THE MONUMENTO NATURAL “DUNAS DE ARTOLA”
We broke a record today:
41 NATURE LOVERS got together to pick up all the garbage that others, with no consideration
for others, had dumped – We collected 250 kg of rubbish!
A thousand thanks for your selfless work!
13th May 2018
WALK FROM REAL DE ZARAGOZA TO TORRE REAL
The day dawned sunny, with a gentle breeze – ideal for a walk of about 5km along the coastline, surrounded by the dunes.
We will always remember the beautiful images of the dune spring flora and the exquisite perfume of bitter chamomile (Helichrysum stoechas), rosemary and thyme. These sharpened our sense of smell.
We hope we have been able to draw attention to – even in a small way – the special dune landscape, to the flora and fauna that is native to Marbella’s natural heritage. We believe it gives us a reason to be proud.
The participants also timed their pace perfectly to that of the slower walkers –
Thank you to everyone in the group for the enjoyable company!
7th april 2018
Clean Up Day in the Dunes of the Artola Natural Monument
The day dawned grey, drizzling and unpleasantly cold. The forecast did not bode well – but there were the selfless volunteers, on the dot, defying the miserable weather!
We want to express our warmest thanks to all those who took part – they deserve a medal. In just about an hour they had collected more than 300 kg of “interesting” garbage. We wonder if the day will ever come when we won’t have to have garbage collection days. That will be when everyone who enjoys walking through this dune environment will truly appreciate the beautiful site, and will not leave paper, plastic, tin cans or anything else.
Artola is unique in the Province of Malaga.
17th JUNE, 2017
OBJECTIVE – 100 NATURAL ZONES CLEAN-UP IN SPAIN
We are joining up with SEO/Birdlife to organise a clean-up day to get rid of the rubbish other people have dumped in the El Barronal de la Morena, in Las Chapas-Elviria dune areas.
This dune environment is one of the most beautiful which remains along the coast to the east of Marbella. It still has a lot of native vegetation and therefore deserves to be pampered for a few hours.
This dune area is sponsored by the Alborán-School
30th april 2017
First guided “Walk in the dunes” – Between El Pinillo and Real de Zaragoza
We want to highlight the richness of the flora in the different dune systems on the Marbella coast. We walked along the boardwalks, hugging the coast and strolling through the dunes of the Ecological Reserve. A new and interesting experience. We had a gorgeous day, a really pleasant temperature and we were accompanied by a fantastic group of friends, all “nature lovers”. We all enjoyed the natural environment along the dune coast. We were able to get to know the unique dune vegetation which is so often unknown to the general public. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. We hope to have you back on the dunes again soon.
Marbella RTV (08-11-2016) – Produnas cleaning up day
12th November 2016
In solidarity with the dunes of Artola – Join us for a cleaning up day
20th March, 2016
Visit to the Natural Monument “Dunas de Artola”, Cabopino (Ladrones Tower).
Guided tour along the Artola dune areaboardwalk and a visit to the “Lance de las Cañas” Tower.
95 citizens have joined the tour.
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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.