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Spain’s biodiversity is ‘the most fragile in Europe’

PUBLISHED: June 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm  •  LAST EDITED: June 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm
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Spain’s biodiversity is ‘the most fragile in Europe’

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A GREEN group has warned the government that Spain’s biodiversity is ‘the most fragile in Europe’.

Ecologists in Action described the situation as ‘alarming’ after finding that the country also has the greatest number of endangered species on the continent.

The group said that the current government ‘focuses its efforts on changing environmental regulations, which has serious consequences in terms of loss of protection and deregulation’.

The report also slams local town halls adding that many mayors ‘support projects that theoretically promote economic growth, but actually have serious environmental and social consequences’.

The research found that a remarkable 25% of artificial surfaces in Europe, commercial, urban, industrial and transport areas, are located here in Spain.

It comes as the group issued its annual Black Flag awards to the region’s coastal towns with alarming readings for Andalucia.

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June 17th, 2013 6:26 pm

Spain, the only country where the term “biopshere” means planning permission is available.


June 17th, 2013 11:12 pm

Spain only cares about wealth acquisition. Biodiversity does not generate money, but development does.


June 18th, 2013 11:26 am

Its better to have no economic growth than risking having environmental degradation.


June 18th, 2013 12:07 pm

“the country also has the greatest number of endangered species on the continent.” This could of course be a good thing, and a matter for congratulation. If all other country’s endangered species have been wiped out but Spain’s have not, for example . . .


June 18th, 2013 9:41 pm

@PM, if the species in other countries had been wiped out they’d be “extinct” and not “endangered” would they not?

Expats will soon be the extinct species in Spain, no doubt.


June 19th, 2013 1:01 pm

‘Expats will soon be the extinct species in Spain, no doubt.’

It seems to be thriving at some areas of the coast though Fred. Not sure your prophecy will happen.

WARNING! TODAY’S WEATHER NEWS JUST IN (a taboo subject apparently on here?):


Personally I’d rather be an ex-pat in a cardboard box than return to that.


June 19th, 2013 2:00 pm

“It seems to be thriving at some areas of the coast though Fred”

Something is thriving, in Spain?

I’ve never heard about so many expats returning to the UK, and the recent population figures did show a pretty large drop. Sure, it’s changing all the time, but generally it’s not a good time to be a working expat in Spain.

As for the weather, nobody knows. Look at the summer this year in Spain, nothing like the norm.


July 15th, 2013 3:08 pm

Fred, I think you are confusing “endangered” and “extinct” While at the same time proving PM´s point. If somethng is extinct it is gone, if it is endangered, there is still hope. A reason why Spain has the most endangered species and the most fragile system may be because these species Are still here, whilst they have already been wiped out in other places. And certainly, around here, the Spanish people are keen to keep and help them. A proposal to put a new motorway through a National Park, which would have disturbed the habitat of the Imperial Eagle and the Lynx (not so sure the Lynx is still out there, but they say it is, so who am I to argue?)was met with universal condemenation.


July 15th, 2013 5:21 pm

Shelagh if you’ve read 99.9% of Fred’s posts on this website you’ll realise he is THE very definition of having your glass half empty.


July 15th, 2013 7:23 pm

Edward, have you really read 99.9% of my posts? You must like what I write then lol. As for my glass, it’s always full to overflowing thanks.

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