Meet us at Macaronight next Friday 27

The Macaronight (@MacaronightEU) is the shared way of the Macaronesian archipelagos to participate in the European Resarchers’ night, an initiative held on the last Friday of September each year. The aim of this event is to show the work that involves being a scientist, bringing it closer to society, promoting scientific culture in general, and demonstrating to the future generations the possibilities when choosing a career in science.

In Gran Canaria, Friday the 27th is presented as a day of activities for all ages. From the Research Group on Technologies, Management and Environmental Biogeochemistry (TGBA) we will be participating with experiments of fun chemistry and a special outdoors board game in which the objective will be to walk around the environment… without leaving trace!

If you come from a secondary or primary school, or as a family, we encourage you to stop by our tent, in the morning or afternoon hours, in the Plaza de Santa Ana.

If you are interested in participating directly, collaborating on the dynamics that we develop during the day with visitors, and also certify your hours through the ULPGC Technology Science Park Foundation, then do not think about it anymore and fill out the form below.

A happy holidays postcard from La Marciega

Summer holidays are approaching, and with them, beach days and spare time to explore new places. There is no need to go far at all to discover new corners that are worth a walk and a souvenir photo. What’s more, there’s no need to leave Gran Canaria. We are seeing this with the ECOTOUR Project in La Aldea de San Nicolás, visiting and getting to know the area a little more and more.

Proyecto ECOTOUR en La Aldea
El Charco, La Aldea – July 2019

This place has been selected as one of the case studies of the Project for its unique natural attractions, both coastal and concurrent with the environment of the channel and mouth of the Barranco de La Aldea, one of the largest of the whole island. It is an area of great landscape beauty and high natural and cultural value, of interest for the development of new touristic activities with special emphasis on the promotion of eco-tourism. Activities of interest are linked to enjoyment and respect for nature, landscapes, bird watching and hiking among others, in an environment that is still outside the area of influence of mass tourism. The coastal strip of the entire municipality is characteristically rugged and rocky, and its beaches, in this steep coastal framework, correspond to the mouths of the network of deep and narrow ravines. In the area, it is interesting to allude especially to the area of El Charco, in the main ravine bed, a place of an enormous natural and cultural value.

Inviting you to discover this place, taking care of its natural and cultural singularities, we wish you a happy summer holiday with this postcard:

ECOTOUR plenary meeting

Last week, the ECOTOUR Project partners met for a new plenary meeting where the Canarian entities, together with the ones from Azores and Mauritania were represented. The meeting consisted of a first day, the plenary session, in the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, in which we caught up on the actions executed up to date within the different activities, and a second, as a field trip, in which we revisited La Marciega, this time in the company of the partners from Azores and Mauritania.

ECOTOUR Plenario Julio 2019
Plenary Session of the ECOTOUR Project in the Cabildo de Gran Canaria – Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The morning was dedicated to the coordination of activities, presenting the work carried out by the different entities. The next actions were also discussed, adjusting the schedule to the remaining time of the project, that reaches its end in October 2020. In the afternoon, the contents for a coming training course in ecotourism was presented.

Proyecto ECOTOUR en La Aldea
Visitor Center in La Aldea
Proyecto ECOTOUR en La Aldea
Views of Playa de La Aldea
Proyecto ECOTOUR en La Aldea
Rubén Díaz Park, towards El Charco

The next day, we visited La Aldea, the location under study in the project in the case of the island of Gran Canaria. There, after a warm welcome in the Visitor Center, we went on a short walk towards El Puertito, with the company of the chronicler of La Aldea. After the meal, the proximities of La Marciega were also visited. Therem we could see some of the actions carried out on the site, such as the installation of the birdwatching hide or the delimitation of El Charco.

Proyecto ECOTOUR en La Aldea
El Charco, in La Aldea, during the field visit on Thursday, July 18, 2019