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24 February 2024 – Big Event with Citizen Participation – Nendo Dango

We started the Nendo Dango Pioneer Trial Project for the protection of our dune environment!

We joyfully share the incredible news that the 1st-year students of IES Bahía Marbella have dedicated two intense days to creating over 1,400 Nendo Dango balls. The purpose? To care for and preserve their adopted dune, El Pinillo, located next to the Segundo de Marbella stream.

Under the guidance of volunteers from ProDunas Marbella, who explained and guided the students at every step, and with the constant support of the school faculty, the students did not hesitate for a single moment to create more than the assigned number of Nendo Dango balls each. This is a significant step towards the conservation of our natural environment. An admirable effort that has culminated in more than 1,400 balls for the preservation of our natural surroundings!

Now, with the modeling phase completed, we embark on a new stage of patience. The approximately 1,400 clay balls created by the students will need to dry over the next 20 days before being transported to their adopted dune, El Pinillo. This waiting time adds an element of anticipation to our project, as each day brings us closer to seeing the results of our efforts in action.

Soon, we will schedule a special event for a Saturday in February. This event will provide an opportunity for citizens to actively participate in conservation. Everyone will be able to join in the distribution of these balls throughout the El Pinillo dune environment, directly contributing to the preservation of our beautiful natural landscapes.

We appreciate the dedication and effort of everyone involved. Together, we are building a more sustainable and conscious future.


ProDunas Marbella is proud to announce that it continues to promote scientific projects to implement new biodiversity in dune environments without using water. This project is called Nendo Dango and involves creating clay balls containing native seeds from dune wild vegetation.

With the start of the new year, this project will be initiated in collaboration with LG Electronics Spain as a sponsor, providing the necessary materials, and the Cordoban company Cantueso Natural Seeds, which will supply the required seeds prepared to be introduced into the clay balls.

The chosen environment is the El Pinillo dune, next to the Segundo de Marbella stream, and the clay balls will be created by students from IES Bahía Marbella, as this educational center sponsors this dune environment.

Over two days, the students will mold around 1,400 clay balls. ProDunas Marbella volunteers, under the watchful eyes of the IES Bahía Marbella officials, will assist the students in clearing any doubts during the clay ball molding process.

Once the balls are made, they will need two weeks to dry before being introduced into the dune environment. It will be a vibrant event, as it marks the first time a dune environment will host these balls, hence it is called a pioneering trial project. As a double measure, it is expected that some protectors will be placed, providing moisture to the balls, and seeds will be directly introduced into the sand around wooden stakes, which have proven to be moisture providers.

The event will be scheduled for a Saturday, and citizens will have the opportunity to participate as active contributors, distributing these clay balls throughout the dune environment.

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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.