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The PSOE denounces the disappearance of eighteen hectares of habitats of community interest in the site of Las Cumbres de Alcantarilla (22/04/2019)

This Monday marks the International Day of the Earth and the Environment Department of the Socialist Party warns of the "strong degradation" that are suffering from thyme and grasses of grasses in a protected area that is located in the northwest of the municipality

The PSOE has detected the disappearance of 18 hectares of habitats of community interest in the northwest of the municipality of Alcantarilla.

The Environment Department of the Socialist Party denounced the loss of thyme and grass meadows that extended parallel to the Northwest highway, in the well-known Las Cumbres area, next to the hamlet of Cañada Hermosa.

"These habitats have suffered a strong degradation, disappearing in its entirety, as a consequence of the activity that was carried out in an open pit quarry that was dedicated to the extraction of aggregates for construction", explains Miguel Ángel Sánchez, doctor in Geography and member of the College of Geographers of Spain that is part of the Environment of the PSOE.

The municipality has delimited before the European Union a total of 320 hectares like spaces of community interest and the PSOE has elaborated a map of the zone that reveals that they have lost 18 hectares of tomillar and meadows of grasses that are included in annex I of the European directive on habitats.

Sanchez recalls that this Monday marks the International Day of the Earth and alerts that this type of situation "contributes to the degradation of the little natural vegetation and botanical interest that Sewer has, because its municipal area is characterized by the lack of forest spaces ".

The tomillar is a shrubby formation characteristic of the arid landscape of the Spanish southeast and only survives in some localities of the Region.

Gramineous grasslands belong to a family of herbaceous plants with adaptability for both desert areas and saltwater ecosystems.

The PSOE claims to the Sewer City Council and the regional government that, after the cessation of activity in the aforementioned quarry, a plan for the restoration of these habitats in the Las Cumbres site is underway.

"We would also like the administrations to clarify if that exploitation exercised its activity with the corresponding licenses and after passing an environmental impact assessment," concludes the doctor in Geography Miguel Ángel Sánchez.

Objectives of the 2030 agenda

For its part, the PSOE candidate for mayor, Francisco Saavedra, emphasizes that "today, April 22, Earth Day is celebrated, a key date for us to reflect on the care of our planet and to show concern for pollution, the survival of animal species and the environment in general. "

Saavedra advances that in its electoral program, in the environmental section, will take into account some of the seventeen goals of the 2030 agenda of the United Nations for sustainable development: "Objective 15, relating to the life of terrestrial ecosystems, stresses that constitutes a relevant challenge to promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, the sustainable management of forest areas, fight against desertification and stop the loss of biological diversity ".

The candidate says that to work "in line" with the objectives of the United Nations agenda, "one of the measures we will put in place will be the creation of a green belt in the Sewer, which will start in Agua Salá with the revegetation of this emblematic natural place for all citizens ".

Source: PSOE Alcantarilla

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