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Strategies - Climate Change


31st May 2021

Our Association has made an in-depth study of the coverage collected in the assessments which have been presented and has made specific assertions as we consider that many of the points that are raised are no longer pertinent.

We have always fought for the various dune systems on this coastline. These, in our opinion are of equal or more value than a beach in Marbella itself and must be maintained and protected. Our motto is still totally valid: Without dunes, there are no beaches!

We hope that the various public bodies will carefully study the documentation we provide. It is totally reliable as can be proven by the photographic evidence we attach.

The documentation can be seen in pdf form at: Link

We are grateful to our good friend Jared Ortiz Angulo Cantos – Civil Engineer, Channels and Harbours, Master in Coastal and Port Engineering – who has edited the texts presented by ProDunas.

6th April 2021
Strategies for the protection of the Coast in the Provinces of Cádiz, Málaga (Marbella) and Almería
taking into consideration the effects of climate change.

Second round of consultations and opening of the registration period until 31st May to allegations which may be considered pertinent and opportune to be presented, concerning the evaluations of basic information and identification of coastal units.

In the case of Marbella, we are finding information either outdated and / or inauthentic due to the rapid deterioration caused by huge erosion on the Marbella coastline, with the loss of both dunes and beaches.

However we are pleased that the problems are at least being addressed, although we are still far from being able to put forward our pilot pioneer project to embed multifunction artificial reefs on the seabed to the east of Marbella.

On 6th April 2021, the Secretary of State for the Environment summoned ProDunas Marbella and other actors to a meeting to report on the progress of describing the work carried out in 2020 on the strategies for the protection of the coast in the provinces of Cádiz, Málaga and Almería, taking into consideration the effects of climate change.

This work is part of an initiative funded by the Directorate General for the Support of Structural Reform of the European Commission and was convened at the request of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO).

The work is being carried out under the supervision of the Directorate General for the Coast and the Sea (DGCM) and the Directorate General for Structural Reform (DG REFORM) of the European Commission.


Mr. Hugo Morán: Secretary of State for the Environment.

Mr. Kaspar Richter: representing DG REFORM (European Commission). Mr Richter is Head of Unit for Sustainable Growth and Business Environment of the Directorate General for the Support of Structural Reform (DG REFORM) of the European Commission.

Mr. Ángel Muñoz Cubillo, Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition, Deputy Director General for the Protection of the Coast and the Sea (DGCM). Presentation of the Strategy = work carried out to date, catalogue of the measures and their prioritisation.

IHCantabria Team: Written question and answer session

Mrs. Ana Oñoro Valenciano, Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition, Director General, Directorate for the Coast and the Sea. Ending and closure.

29th January 2020

ProDunas, as an interested player, was invited to present our criteria in finding strategies and solutions to mitigate the loss of the coastline. This we did at a meeting with the General Directorate for Structural Reforms (DG.REFORM) of the European Commission (EC) at the request of MITECO (Ministry for the Ecological Transition) and DGSCM (General Directorate for Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea) – the official Spanish organisations working with the European Commission.

The purpose of these consultations is to define strategies for Coastal Protection in the provinces of Cádiz – Málaga (Marbella) – Almería, taking into account the effects of climate change. Throughout this process we have been in contact with the European Union Commissioner tasked with protecting our coasts.
We have always had encouraging promises and now these are turning into concrete acts.

Once there is a recopilation of all the information of criteria, a second phase will be starting searching for strategies and physical measures to counteract the rapid erosion of the coast and to help with the stabilisation of the beaches. Artificial reefs are an essential part of this work as these would help dissipate the negative energy from waves produced as a result of the terrible spring storms that annually hit the Costa del Sol and that the dunes in Marbella can continue to act as a bulwark, a “containment dam” for the adjacent urbanizations.

ProDunas will continue to fight for the survival of the Marbella coastline. Our motto, designed to raise awareness is: Without dunes there are no beaches!

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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.