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Xàbia "RADARS" project to fight loneliness among the elderly

April 10th
RADARS Project is the community programme through which Xàbia seeks to fight against the loneliness amongst the elderly. The objective is for everyone to take an active role and act as 'radars' to detect such situations that lead to loneliness and warn the council who will seek resources to promote conditions of well-being, dignity and security. It was launched last December and has been very well received. The councillor said it had received information from people who could be in a precarious situation (especially foreigners who are very old and don't have family in Xàbia). In some serious cases, the council looks for the person's family, a residence or takes them to hospital for treatment. The Department of Social Services is now carrying a series of meetings with groups such as social associations, health centre personnel and chemists to explain how to act if they detect situations that may lead to loneliness such as losing a partner, a weak family network, a disabling illness or poor economic position. Procedures are also being created for volunteers to contribute their services such as generating a bond of trust and companionship with the older person and inviting them to participate in community activities in their immediate area. To participate or for more information, interested parties can telephone 96-579-4142 extension 3818 or by sending an email se.aibax|sroinesradar#se.aibax|sroinesradar. The next stage in the development of the project will be to present it to the urbanisations where information leaflets have already been distributed. The neighbourhood is key when it comes to detecting cases in a municipality which has thousands of homes scattered across its territory and where people with language problems live. For full story see: Javeamigos

SEO/Birdlife volunteers embark on annual bird count

April 10th
Spanish ornithological association SEO/Birdlife is mobilizing more than 1,000 volunteers this month to help count bird populations across Spain, part of the annual drive to update European censuses and monitor changes in natural habitat in the struggle to halt declining bird populations across Europe. The volunteers will be participating in both the Common Bird Monitoring program, known by its Spanish acronym as SACRE, and the NOCTUA program to provide data for estimating the current population of nocturnal birds across Spain. Set to begin in mid-April, the annual bird count will be conducted by volunteers in both rural and urban areas nationwide and this year SEO/Birdlife is particularly interested in monitoring bird populations in areas where data collection has been scant in recent years, particularly in Castilla-La Mancha, La Rioja, Aragon, Asturias, the Balearic Islands and Galicia. For full story see: Progressive Spain.

Alcalá to get Europe’s first solar-biomass heating plant

April 10th
Alcalá de Henares in the Madrid regional community is slated to become the first city in Europe to provide heating to its businesses and citizens from renewable energy generated from a hybrid high temperature solar thermal and biomass facility. Construction on the hybrid facility of Alcalá District Heating (ADH) is slated to begin next year at a total cost of 40 million over three years and when completed will provide solar-biomass heating to more than 9,000 homes, as well as businesses, schools and universities and government buildings. The project will include the largest distribution network for heating and hot water in Spain, generated from a hybrid 20 MW forest biomass plant and 5 MW high-temperature solar thermal facility to be located three kilometers outside Alcalá. According to ADH’s CEO Teo López, the plant will eventually be able to supply hot water to half the city’s population. For full story see: Progressive Spain

Benitatxell installs a composter at school

April 10th
The Poble Nou de Benitatxell is installing a composter in the school to raise awareness among students of the importance of recycling organic matter. With it, Santa María Magdalena schoolchildren will be able to convert 40% of the waste generated in the dining room into fertilizer that will pay for ecological school gardens. The composter has been installed together with an explanatory and educational panel of the recycling process. The project is part of the educational actions and the promotion of ecology carried out by the Department of Education. From Las Provincias

Expert energy panel urges more renewables, tax on CO2

April 4th
A 14-member expert panel set up by Spain’s government at the behest of Congress to advise on energy policies has issued a 546-page report that calls for a firm commitment to renewable energy and a new tax on carbon emissions that will result in reduced electricity prices to the consumer and enable Spain to end electricity generation from coal-fired power plants by 2030. The report calls for a small increase in gasoline prices to consumers of just 2 percent, while electricity cost to the consumer would fall by nearly 7 percent. If adopted by the government, the policy changes outlined in the report would see a steep 28 percent hike in the cost of industrial fuel oil as a result of a tax applied to energy from fossil fuels. Electricity produced by coal-fired plants would disappear by 2030, but the report also calls for a 50-year increase in the life of nuclear power plants. The plan outlined in the report calls for a reduction of carbon emissions in non-industrial sectors of 26 percent from 2005 levels, an 27 percent increase in energy production from renewable sources and a 30 percent net energy savings overall. For full story see: Progressive Spain

Spanish government rushes to reform “out of date” rules before forest fire season begins

April 9th
Aerial firefighters have just been given the chance to smother wildfires more effectively. Ahead of the prevention campaign this summer, legislation exempting air tankers from complying with standard rest periods has been tweaked, according to the Official State Bulletin (BOE). The amendment means they can now work up to three consecutive hours, as opposed to two, a welcome change in the wake of one of the worst years for forest fires since 2010. “Statistically, most forest fires last for three hours and the first hours of tackling them are the most effective,” says the spokesman. “There have been cases in which the fire has had to be abandoned to comply with the legislation and has then taken longer to put out when work has resumed. When it comes to planes that can’t fill with water in reservoirs close to the fire, the journey to refill is not efficient to deal with a fire. Normally, the plane doesn’t work for more than 40 or 50 minutes on the fire in the two hours stipulated by the legislation.” for full story see: El Pais in English

Valencia pledges 8 million to improve Xàbia's schools

While Parador gets more than 2 million

April 8th
The Generalitat Valenciana has pledged some 8 million euros for improvements to be made to all the public schools in Xàbia. Through the Plan Edificant, improvements to all primary and secondary schools as well as education centres can start as soon as the investment has been passed to the Ayuntamiento and the tenders have been tendered and commissioned, the final amount being charged to the regional government. The first centre to benefit from this investment will be CEIP Trenc d'Alba in which some 1.4 million euros worth of renovations will be carried out, including the construction of a gymnasium, extension of the kitchen and dining room, improvements to toilets and a playground for the children. In addition, IES Antoni Llidó will see damaged basic infrastructure repaired and a new classroom will be constructed at IES Numero 1 in the port. CEIP Port de Xàbia will see repairs made to a passageway where the surface has subsided (it was built on the old river bed) and improvements will be made to the playground. At CEIP L'Arenal a new playground will be created and the corridors between the floors will be closed to improve energy efficiency. At CEIP Vicente Tena the gymnasium will be renovated as well as the toilets and a new lift will be installed, the latter work being implemented directly by the Education Ministry during the summer. For full story see: Javeamigos. At the same time, the Ministry of Public Works has earmarked €2.5 million in 2018 to renovate the Parador's 70 rooms with another €4 million in 2019. (From:Xàbia al Día)

The Marina Alta leads the sale of homes to foreigners

April 8th
During 2017, the sale of homes to foreigners reached record figures in Spain, and a report by "Home Spain" predicts that this upward trend will continue during this 2018. Non-resident foreign citizens boughtmore than 61,000 homes in 2017, 7,000 more than in 2016, especially in the coastal provinces and the islands. In the Valencian Community, the sale to foreigners last year reached 25% of real estate transactions. Alicante remains the preferred province for the European market, with 40% of its sales to foreigners. Dénia, Xàbia, Orba, Moraira and Benissa top the list. "the most common buyers are British, Dutch, Germans or middle-class Belgians, between 50 and 65 years of age and retired or close to retirement, in search of their second home." The average investment of the foreign buyer in this area ranges between 200,000 and 400,000 euros, and the housing types in most demand according to Home Spain are villas with 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms and swimming pool, or townhouses in complex with communal pool. From:[* https://lamarinaplaza.com/2018/04/03/la-marina-alta-lidera-la-venta-de-viviendas-a-extranjeros-en-la-costa-con-cifras-de-record/ la Marina Plaza]. Another article in Sunday's Las Provincias describes how properties in Valencia's run down district of el Cabañal are being snapped up by foreign buyers wanting to invest for places to let or summer retreats; at the same time in the UK press the Sunday Times Culture supplement describes how "secondary" Spanish cities are turning into opportunities for property investment - deciding factors being airport access.

Valencia to launch a centre for sustainable food

April 8th
The idea announced by the Mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó is to develop a global sustainable food centre in a permanent collaboration with FAO for the transmission of experiences and research on sustainable agriculture and nutrition. Last year Valencia hosted a meeting of mayors and representatives of cities that had signed the so-called Pact of Milan, a document signed in 2015 that seeks to promote urban policies in favor of sustainable food. Ribó called for wagering on proximity markets, such as bringing the Valencian garden closer to the city, as well as educating young people about food processes and promoting urban gardens. He also advocated "redirecting" research, which is "too thought out from the interests of multinationals" towards proximity markets and the fields of organic farming and traditional practices. From:El Mundo

Top price summer rentals help to push up house prices

March 31st
A specialist report points to summer resorts in the Marina Alta as among the most expensive summer rental rates at €5000 a month in Moraira and €4000 in Xàbia. Prices, and therefore that profitability, have skyrocketed with the emergence in this market of giant platforms such as Airbnb, Wimdu or HomeAway and has caused even an increase in the purchase of homes that are used for this purpose. The study was carried out by one of those operators with a strong presence in the Comunitat, HomeAway, and contains the destinations where the owners can earn more to rent out their home during the summer. The estimated monthly profit for the summer period, which runs from June 1 to August 31 can reach €4320 €in Xàbia. As a consequence of this situation in Calpe, workers have to find lodging in nearby towns such as Benissa. From La Marina Plaza.

Fast-track electric car charging point on Valencia-Madrid motorway

March 31st
Spain's first express charging point for electronically-powered and hybrid cars will beset up shortly halfway down the A-3 Valencia-Madrid motorway. Provided by Tesla Spain, S.A., the charger will be installed at kilometre 175 of the A-3 at the service station in the town of Atalaya de Cañavate in the province of Cuenca, the only one that lies between those of Valencia and Madrid. For full story see: ThinkSpain

Spanish Electricity prices per MWh 'lowest in EU' this week

March 31st
Electricity in Spain became the cheapest in the European Union on Thursday and has remained so ever since – the second time this has happened in a fortnight. Retail prices per megawatt per hour (MWh) dropped to €22.91. This meant the price of energy in Spain fell far below those of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, which typically register the lowest in the EU and the EEA at around €41 per MWh. This plummeting in costs is partly due to a greater production in wind energy providing electricity to the national grid – with storms having re-entered Galicia from the Atlantic this week and now sweeping Spain as a whole, wind farms have seen energy generated soar by 62.7% this month compared with March last year, to 6,937 gigawatts per hour (GWh), or 32.9% of the total, way ahead of nuclear sources, which made up just 19.2% of the total power created. Torrential rain across the mainland and Balearic Islands as a result of the string of storms since the start of the year mean hydraulic energy production has shot up, whilst combined sources only make up 5.9% of total power generated and coal just 5.4%. Since the start of the year, electricity production has been made up of 26.5% wind – making this the main source for 2018 so far – 21.5% nuclear, 13.5% hydraulic, 12.2% coal and 8.5% combined sources, with generators providing 11%. for full story see: ThinkSpain

Drought drags on and affects irrigated crops

March 31st
The last rains have not ended the drought. The reservoirs in the Júcar basin are at 30% of their capacity, while those of the Segura barely reach 22.4%, almost 40 points below the Spanish average which stands at 60.2%.The lack of rain in the Region (meteorological drought) has been dragging on since 2013. The area destined for irrigation in the Region has reduced by 2.96%. in 2017 irrigated crops in the Region comprise 290,126 hectares of a cultivated area of ​​642,197 (45.1% against 21 , 9% of the Spanish average). 69.6% of the irrigated area in the Region uses localised (drip feed) systems, while the gravity fed irrigation is falling and now below 30% of the total. Even so, during the past year about 20,000 hectares of irrigated land were lost. This is contrary to the rest of Spain where irrigated crops grew by 2.14% in 2017. from: Las Provincias

Xàbia analyses its strengths and weaknesses in the face of drought

March 23rd
Some forty representatives from different social groups organised as members of Xàbia's 'Observatorio del Agua' met at the municipality's desalination plant yesterday to analyse the weaknesses and strengths of the town in its management of water supply and discuss alternative measures and proposals to addresses any weaknesses exposed by the analysis. The workshop was attended by mayor José Chulvi, Josep Lluis Henarejos, manager of the municipal water company, and Nuria Hernández-Mora, coordinator of the project developed by the 'Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua'. Those attending were told that it was certain that the region will be hit by another drought and that although it was impossible to eliminate its effects, it can be managed and the consequences reduced if a plan was in place to do so. Therefore it was vital to look at and understand the causes that make Xàbia vulnerable to drought, to identify its strengths to use to face the problem and put in place a policy through which decision-making can be made easier in emergency situations. Xàbia is one of the three municipalities collaborating with the 'Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua' in 'Proyecto SeGuía' to develop a methodological guide for the in-house development of drought risk management plans. The document will have three fundamental advantages for the municipality. Firstly, Xàbia will become a pioneering town in the management of droughts and assisting other municipalities in the country who want to develop similar management plans in drought risk prevention. Secondly, as a pilot municipality, the technical team of the Foundation will help to review the specific drought management plan for Xàbia. And thirdly, the active participation of all interested parties in the process will allow learning and strengthen the social capacities to improve the management of risks due to drought in the municipality. For full story see: Javeamigos. The SeGuía project can be found on: Proyecto seGuía

Xàbia picks up on idea from the Mediterranean forum:Commercial fishing as a tourist attraction

March 22nd
The Department of Tourism and the Fishermen's Guild have joined together to create and present a joint project in which they will be working hand in hand with consultation company 'Feel and Trip' to open up the world of commercial fishing to the public. It is an initiative related to experiential tourism which allows those interested to take part and be directly involved in the industry from departure from the port in the early morning, experiencing life on board including its many jobs and ultimately the reward of being able to sample some of the fresh fish and seafood that has been caught during this special day. The idea of a fishing tourism project was established in the last 'Xàbia Mediterranean Fórum' on sustainable tourism, and forms part of the town's commitment to sustainability, opening up the port to another form of tourism which offers cultural immersion as well as respect for the natural environment. In addition the project will place an added value of the local fishing industry, helping to make the primary sector more profitable. Mayor Chulvi explained that the town needed a living port, open and active, which was why the idea was proposed to the fishing industry to place Xàbia as a unique tourist destination and boost the local economy. Twenty people (five crews) are already being trained to be part of 'Pesca Turismo', funded by the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia to the tune of 9,000 euros. For full story see: Javeamigos

The Marine Biodiversity of Xàbia should be treasured

March 6th
The Valencian Oceanographic Foundation visited Xàbia this week to present the first results of its study into the marine biodiversity of the precious seabed off the coast of the municipality, a project to raise awareness of its huge importance and the need for its conservation. Representatives from the Foundation outlined its initial findings in a special presentation at the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia which included major proposals to make local people aware of the wealth of marine life hidden beneath the waves and how important it is to preserve it. The selection of Xàbia as the centre of this study was not a random choice but was motivated by the fact that, together with the Illes Columbretes, the sea off the coast of the municipality hosts some of the greatest biodiversity along the Valencian coast in an area which has a lot of pressure from tourism. Three inspection dives have been made to inspect the seabed, take samples of the Posidonia Oceania seagrass which is endemic to the Mediterranean and inspect the impact left by vessels anchoring along the coast during the busy summer months. In additional the study has evaluated the socio-economic aspect to place a value on the marine biodiversity of the area and establish what its loss would mean, both for the wellbeing of the local people as well as for basic services. The next phase will be educational to highlight the results of the study to social agents and involve them in the conservation and control of marine biodiversity. This sill be achieved through such campaigns as exhibitions, documentaries and discussions in schools. For full story see: Javeamigos

An extreme February

March 6th
February has been characterized by climatological contrasts in the region. In general terms the month has been colder than usual with an average temperature of 7.2º when the reference average 8.8º (1.6º lower). But at the same time there have been many days with records higher than 20º. On the 15th the 25th was reached in Sumacárcer. The coldest days were between the 6th and 9th. Mediterranean moist air before the 6th generated copious snowfalls in large areas, which exceeded 25 centimeters in the interior of the province of Castellón. Afterwards the combination of cold air, few clouds and snow-covered ground resulted in temperatures that were below -6ºC in places like Vilafranca (-8.3ºC), Ademuz (-7.9ºC) and Fredes (- 6.2ºC). The month of February was the third coldest in the last 25 years, after those of 2005 and 2012 On the other hand accumulated rainfall was high at 49.5 litres per square meter, 30% higher than the climatic average of the period 1981-2010 (38.2 litres). Although rainfall in January and February has reduced the rainfall deficit from 85 to 50%, almost the entire territory shows a lack of rainfall in the current hydrological year. The deficit is more pronounced in the northern half of the territory. From Las Provincias

Ministry promotes consensus on protection of natural spaces

Feb 22nd
The Central Government, together with the Conselleria and the local administrations, has decided to give an push to the management plan of the "Lugars de Interes comunitario" (LIC) - Sites of Community Importance on the coast of the Marina Alta, as well as those in the rest of the Region. It is a shared task since the national body has the competences in everything related to the sea, while the Generalitatis responsible for the land. Despite this, they have decided to hold three workshops with the socioeconomic sectors, public administrations and scientists to establish the bases "in a consensual manner" for the protection of these areas. One of these meetings was held yesterday in Xàbia, where work began to set the objectives of the management of the Marine Area LIC of the Marina Alta. They agreed that the zone of the coast of the region "has so many uses that it needs to have all the agents involved. The process to obtain the basis for the management of the LIC will not be simple. Municipal sources stressed that "we must try to agree on the preferences and interests of each of the sectors involved." The seed of this initiative was planted in one of the conferences of the Xàbia Forum. From: Las Provincias.

Xàbia Town Hall will reforest small areas of the Granadella with indigenous trees which are more resistant to fire

Feb 19th
This week begins a new phase in the forest recovery project in the public forest of Granadella, which was affected by a serious fire in September 2016 that burned 812 hectares. Following a similar plan to that which has already been implemented in La Plana, from the municipal Department of the Environment has chosen to facilitate conditions which favour natural regeneration in most of the soil and to repopulate small specific areas with native species which are more resistant to fire such as carob or wild olive trees, thus restoring the agrarian landscape. This activity will now take place due to the optimal conditions of the land following the recent rains and in parallel with the latest forest recovery and fire prevention work coordinated by the municipality, which will last until summer. These works were initiated by the Town Council a few days after the fire and have involved the Regional Department of Agriculture, the Provincial Council of Alicante and the Ministry of Agriculture. The strategy agreed during technical meetings of the four administrations involves an investment of nearly one million euros: 400,000 euros contributed by Xàbia, 250,000 euros from the Provincial Council, 200,000 from the Generalitat Valenciana and 150,000 from the State. From Jose Chuivi Facebook. For full statement see: Reforestation of Granadella

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Xàbia municipal cartogrophy on-line

Feb 13th
The Department of Town Planning has added an interesting new section to the municipal website www.ajxabia.com which allows members of the public to consult the official map of Xàbia. Known as 'CartoXÀBIA' and available via a link on the front page of the website, it is a tool that will serve to make town planning information more accessible and continue to meet the objective of transparency about the updated draft PGOU - the development plan for the town - on which the town hall is currently working. For full story see: Javeamigos

Program to reintroduce Ospreys starts in Xàbia

Feb 13th
A project to re-introduce the osprey to the Comunidad Valenciana will start in Xàbia after a feasibility study agreed its viability. The campaign will be supported by the town councils of Xàbia, Dénia, Pego and Oliva and two of the project's main driving force have visited the town to outline the strategy to return this species of bird of prey, which is also known as the sea hawk, to the region almost forty years after it disappeared. For full story see: Javeamigos

Spanish 'Energy-free' apartments win global award

Jan 30th
An apartment block in the province of Zaragoza is the second in Spain to win the Passivhaus Certificate, a global energy-efficiency award given to residential properties which use little or no power. Based across the borders of the towns of Valdespartera, Casablanca and Montecanal, the Residencial Scenia II is made up of 26 flats with as swimming pool, spread out over 13,576 square metres (33.5 acres) of land and is the brainchild of developers LOBE Group. 'Passive Houses' are homes which use practically no energy and supply themselves with power, with year-round indoor temperatures of 20ºC to 25ºC guaranteed without switching on any heating or air-conditioning apparatus. From: ThinkSpain

They save about 90% on typical energy bills for standard residential properties, or 75% on new builds, as well as offering multiple benefits for comfort, health and quality of life, LOBE Group says.

Brussels gives Spain an ultimatum to clean up its air

Jan 30th
The European Commissioner for the Environment, Karmenu Vella, has summoned nine countries to Brussels which he plans to bring to justice for their breaches of air pollution standards. In Spain the problems are centred in Madrid and Barcelona and associated with nitrogen dioxide, that is, with traffic. Before bringing the nine breaching states to the EU Court of Justice, the Commission has given them one last chance : to present their plans against pollution before the end of next week. Basically, Brussels is asking them to explain "how they are going to try to comply with the European legislation on air quality". In addition to Spain, the governments of the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom have all been called to the meeting with Vella. From:El Pais.

Xàbia will host its first "Nautical Sea Weekend" in March

Jan 31st
The 1st Nautical-Sea Weekend Fair will take place on 24th and 25th March on Avenida Augusta, on the section that separates the interior marina with the canal. Entry will be totally free. Juan Fuentes, manager of Marina Nou Fontana, organiser of the fair, pointed out that "the fair will be a must for all lovers of the sea" . Fuentes highlights that the exhibiting companies are from the entire area, "linked to high quality nautical services and activities with great respect for the privileged environment. " The nautical companies add some 500 jobs. The idea is to help de-seasonalise tourism in Xàbia. Many of the nautical clients come from Madrid and take a weekend off before easter week. The fair will feature "First, recreational motor boats between 5 and 9 meters in length. Second, diving. Xàbia is a benchmark in the Valencian Community and in Spain and within the marina there are seven diving centers. The third section is boat rentals, jet skis, excursions and the fourth, parallel activities such as talks and workshops. " from: Javea.com

Xàbia museum receives record number of visitors

Jan 27th
The Soler Blasco Municipal Museum in Xàbia attracted almost 24,550 visitors to its facilities during 2017, a record number which beats previous records, surpassing the 2016 number by 1,425 and demonstrates a continued interest in the town's history and development by both residents and visitors. With regards to a tourism attraction, the percentage of visitors from other European countries (and to a lesser extent other countries across the world) is very significant with 6,446 foreign visitors representing some 26.7% of the total, a rise of more than two points on 2016. Local visitors accounted for 4,434 visits, 18% of the total, with 10.4% coming from the Comunidad Valenciana and 45.2% from the rest of Spain. The municipal museum highlighted to work of the 'Asociación de Amigos de Mvsev de Xàbia (AMVX)' for its contributions to making the venue a continuing success. Since its formation in 2013, its members have managed to translate all the information in the museum, including the panels and information videos, into English and more recently into French which helps foreign visitors to better understand the content of the exhibition. For full story see: Javeamigos

Culture committee briefed on new projects for 2018 and the Auditorium

Jan 25th
Apart form the programme of cultural events, the briefing included information on the new auditorium, which should be completed by the beginning of 2019. They were alos considering the management model it should have. The auditorium which will be the only one in the region with the necessary infrastructure to be able to host operas and theatrical shows which require changing of sets as well as the added value that makes it accessible for people with hearing problems and its use as a venue for conferences, etc. The meeting was alos was informed about the future of the Central Cinema with the mayor pledging that the Ayuntamiento would not abandon trying to find a use for it and consequently had been seeking advice through CulturArts to study all of the infrastructures of a cultural use that Xàbia has and identify what role could be applied to the Central Cinema. For full story see: Javeamigos. For the Agenda21 proposal for use of the Central Cinema see: Agenda21 proposal Central Cinema

Amjasa joins project to manage drought

Jan 25th
AMJASA has signed a collaboration agreement with the Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua, a collective that promote more rational and sustainable water policies through scientific knowledge, for the preparation of a methodological guide on the management of drought risk in small and medium-sized towns in the face of climate change, joining with Puente Genil (Córdoba) and Madridejos (Toledo). The project which will be developed over the coming year forms part of the call for funding for projects on adapting to climate change 2016 by the Fundación Biodiversidad. It includes an initial analysis of the supply system, a workshop and debate on the vulnerabilities and social capacities for drought risk management and a final meeting to validate and discuss the results and what needs to be done in the future. For full story see: Javeamigos

The new General Plan of Benitatxell will create an ecological corridor to link the Montgó with Bèrnia

Jan 12th
The new General Structural Plan of El Poble Nou de Benitatxell has been revealed as an instrument of strategic planning for the sustainable development of the Marina Alta according to the new editorial team led by the architect Alberto Morera. The key geographical situation of the municipality makes it a nexus of connection of natural areas of great importance, such as the natural park of Montgó, the cliffs (protected with the LIC Penya-segats de la Marina), the Serra de Bèrnia and the natural and rural areas of the interior of the region. The plan will create an ecological corridor that will connect the Montgó, the Garganta de Gata and the Serra de Bèrnia. In addition, it will preserve the agricultural landscape (it will also promote the recovery of this economic activity) and will protect the coastal front through a network of public viewpoints. From : La Marina Plaza

New outbreak of Xylella detected in Benissa, Gata, Xaló, Parcent and Llíber

Jan 1st
The Ministry of Agriculture and Environment has declared the existence of a fifth outbreak of the pest Xylella fastidiosa in the Valencian Community. This one affects the Marina Alta, which has adopted urgent phytosanitary measures for eradication and control. From: La Marina Plaza. To date, no known curative treatment can prevent the disease; the progressive spread of the pathogen can only be contained. Investigators are testing for the bacterium widely, and trees found to be infected have been burned and destroyed to halt the disease’s propagation. See: Access science for more details.

International protection for the whale and porpoise corridor near the Marina Alta Coast

Jan 1st
The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the Barcelona Convention (Conference of coastal countries responsible for protecting the Mediterranean) held in Tirana (Albania) declared the area off the Marina Alta coastline as a Specially Protected Area of ​​Importance for the Mediterranean (ZEPIM). This measure affects more than 46,000 square kilometers between the coasts of the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and Valencia -to the south of which is the Marina Alta. Oil prospecting that was threatening the Gulf of València a while ago and now will no longer be possible because the Mediterranean cetacean corridor will have international protection, as with similar corridors of other seas and oceans of the planet. A direct consequence of this international protection is that the Ministry of Energy must file all projects and applications for hydrocarbon exploration and research permits that affect this protected area. The Government must now put into practice the agreement ratified in Tirana by issuing a decree declaring the Marine Protected Area. From La Marina Plaza

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