6 Aug, 2009 @ 17:00
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Junta hits back

ANDALUCIA´s environmental advisor has pledged to protect the region´s coastline following a damning report by Greenpeace.

Despite the highly-critical evaluation Cinta Castillo confirmed that the Junta is prepared to do “whatever it takes” to preserve the endangered area.

Greenpeace highlighted the various threats posed by the heavy urbanisation and subsequent contamination of the coastline in its assessment titled ´Destruction at all Coasts´.

The damaging report revealed that the exploitation of the coast has not slowed despite the onslaught of the recession.

However, a wounded Castillo moved quickly to highlight the positives and pointed out that every beach on the Huelva coast now has a blue flag.

Castillo emphasised that one in every three kilometres of coastline is environmentally protected and that, overall, the coast is “in a good state”.

She insisted that the mistakes of the past would not be repeated again because of the coast´s importance, not just for tourism, but also environmentally.

“The exploitation of the coast has not slowed despite the onslaught of the recession.”

Greenpeace’s evaluation stressed the importance of an integrated strategy by which all government departments take an active role in ensuring the continued protection of the coast.

According to the report’s findings, a huge 18 out of 32 protected areas are under threat – with the illegal hotel El Algarrobico picked out as an example of the continuing malpractices.

Despite the Ley de Costas coastal law stating that all construction should take place at least 100 metres from the beach, the hotel was allowed to be built a mere 14 metres away.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. >overall, the coast is “in a good state”.

    Is she blind? Sack her. Who allows a hotel to be built 14 metres from the beach when there are laws saying otherwise?

    Why didn’t the Junta protect the beach years ago? Answer: GREEEEED!

  2. Yes, GREED again, laced with STUPIDITY and a profound IGNORANCE.
    This is a LETHAL Cocktail.
    Several people should be SACKED in Spain .. those who are destroying their own Country deserve punishment, and not a GREEDY GLORY. They are amoral.

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