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The Ministry of the Environment authorizes ANSE to restore a part of Caleta del Estacio (08/12/2020)

The Demarcation of Coasts in Murcia has authorized the Association of Southeast Naturalists to develop an experimental action to restore 2.6 hectares of surface of the sandy areas of Caleta del Estacio (La Manga, San Javier, Region of Murcia) affected by the Puerto Mayor works, which will serve as a test for the environmental restoration of all the 25 hectares of sand that have been saved from the destruction authorized at the beginning of the century by the Regional Government. The authorization of the Demarcation of Coasts in Murcia to occupy the public domain of the narrowest strip of sandy areas north of Caleta del Estacio, with a duration of 2 years, will allow ANSE to develop different techniques to eliminate invasive exotic vegetation, mainly acacias, which in some points reach the very shore of the Mediterranean beach, and cat's claw, and its substitution by species of the native flora such as junipers and junipers of the dunes, sea lilies, asparagus of the dunes, margaritas margaritas and many others. The authorization of Coasts has as a counterpoint the report of the General Directorate of the Natural Environment of the Autonomous Community, which conditions the development of the restoration to the elimination of exotic species being done manually, and vehicle access is not allowed mechanical traction or similar. ANSE recalls that the Autonomous Community illegally authorized the Puerto Mayor construction works, which were carried out with a profusion of heavy machinery and trucks that dumped hundreds of tons of stones and fillings into the sea, and that would have meant the total destruction of the domain strip public if they had not been paralyzed thanks to the protest of ANSE and Greenpeace, and a court resolution. The Association will not request financial aid from the Autonomous Community for this experimental action, but hopes that it will finally facilitate the actions to be carried out, which in some cases will require the use of vehicles for the extraction of exotic flora and stump removal, among other works. ANSE congratulates the Ministry for the announcement of assuming the restoration of the works of Puerto Mayor and Caleta del Estacio, a measure that the Association requested from Minister Teresa Ribera during her visit at the end of last year to the Mar Menor, and has reiterated in different writings such as the allegations to the Mar Menor Coastline Protection Plan. ANSE calls on the Regional Government to return to the Ministry of the Environment the powers over this strip of Maritime Terrestrial Public Domain.

Its director, Pedro García, asks the president of the Autonomous Community, Fernando López, that his government "stop making excuses to return powers to the State on the beaches of Caleta del Estacio and allow the history of destruction of the extensive language to be changed.

of sands that separates the largest Spanish coastal lagoon from the Mediterranean Sea Restoring Puerto Mayor is a sufficient milestone to demonstrate to public opinion that it is possible to recover the Mar Menor and its surroundings, and is an essential action to provide beaches for tourism in a zone severely affected by coastal erosion due to rising sea levels ". The Association of Naturalists of the Southeast and Greenpeace stopped in January 2005 the works of what would have constituted, together with the Port of Tomás Maestre, the largest marina in the Mediterranean.

The Superior Court of Justice in Murcia later supported the illegality of the works, estimating the Resource of the Ministry of the Environment with the support of environmental organizations, and which was opposed by the Autonomous Community and the promoter company, Puerto Mayor, SA ANSE has developed over the last few years other actions to restore sandbanks in different places in La Manga, such as Monte Blanco (Cartagena) and some Mediterranean beaches in the north, in the San Javier tm.

These actions have shown that it is possible to recover dune systems by eliminating exotic flora and replacing them with native plants in a very short time, with the help of simple and inexpensive techniques such as the implantation of sand collectors.

Source: ANSE

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