CAMPAIGNS to increase the share of protected land across Andalucia are gathering pace.
Andalucia’s environmental commission has proposed expanding the Donana Natural Park in Huelva by over a quarter.
The proposal, made at a special meeting in early December, received unanimous support from the town halls, ecologists, businessmen and central and local government officials.
The plan would see at extra 13,000 hectares added to the 53,800 hectares currently comprising the park.
The protected area would be expanded southwards to mouth of the Guadalquivir river and westwards to the pass of the Rocina valley.
Donana is considered Europe’s most biodiverse wetland and was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994.
Meanwhile, Mijas mayor Antonio Sanchez has added his voice to the campaign to create a natural park in Malaga’s coastal hills.
Sanchez, of the Socialist party, proposed creating a working group to unite all the supporters of the project.
The new natural park was proposed by the Izquirda Unida opposition party this autumn to stop the spread of predatory development inland from Malaga.
The Sierra de Mijas is home to numerous animals, such as the genet, deer and wild boar.