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.

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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.

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Visitor Center in La Aldea
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Views of Playa de La Aldea
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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.

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

3rd NAUTICOM Newsletter

You can now consult the 3rd NAUTICOM Newsletter (in Spanish), by clicking on this link and on the project website. It is a semi-annual publication, developed with the aim of supporting the establishment of the NAUTICOM network, which seeks to promote strategic alliances in the nautical sector. This third newsletter corresponds to the first semester of July 2019 and collects news and events of interest to partner entities, representatives and companies in the nautical sector.

Workshop on the Special Areas of Conservation of Gran Canaria

The process to update the management plans of the 24 Marine Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) of the Canary Islands continues with participatory workshops on the different islands. In May, we attended to the worskhop celebrated in La Palma, organized by the Biodiversity Fundation, that covered specifically the SACs of the Marine Area of Fuencaliente, and the Garafia Coastal Area. Both of these areas were the subject of study of this groups with the MARMAC Project a few years ago. On July, it was the turn for the SACs in Gran Canaria.

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Moment of the workshop held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 1/07/2019

The Life IP Intemares project aims to achieve a network of marine spaces of the Natura 2000 Network managed in an effective and integrated way, with the active participation of the sectors involved and research as basic tools for the taking of decisions.

Thus, from the Research Group on Technologies, Management and Environmental Biogeochemistry we participate by providing our relevant knowledge about the sources of pollution both coastal and marine, indicators and recommendations for a good follow-up and some experiences in planning uses in protected spaces.

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Panels to reflect the degree of agreement or disagreement with the identified impacts. 01/07/2019

In particular, the SACs of the Costa de Sardina del Norte, Bahía del Confital, La Isleta, Playa del Cabrón, and Bahía de Gando were addressed, being the main impacts identified and with a greater degree of agreement related to the need for protection of species such as the angelshark, recently declared as endangered, and emphasizing the need to incorporate restrictions on navigation that minimize collision impacts on cetacean populations. Another not minor issue that was discussed at the workshop was the need to control and regulate, with more specific criteria, the different discharges that occur to the sea, both from land (effluents of treatment plants and desalination plants) and from the ships.