The Sustainable Tourism Tax of the Balearic Islands allows the hiring of dune informers for protected natural areas

Aug 10, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Several environmental informers have been working since last weekend to disseminate the values of the dune systems in five protected natural areas of the Balearic Islands. The plan ‘Carrying out environmental information activities related to the dune systems in areas of environmental importance in the Balearic Islands’ aims to involve beach users in the conservation of the dune areas and to prevent uncivil behaviour.

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The task of the informers consists of reminding visitors of the need to use the existing paths, to respect the dune cordon so as not to damage the vegetation or endanger the habitats that are present, and to take away waste and recycle it correctly.

The service is offered for five or six hours a day, depending on occupancy, in the natural parks of s’Albufera des Grau, Ses Salines de Eivissa i Formentera, Es Trenc-Salobrar de Campos, Mondragó, and s’Albufera de Mallorca, from Monday to Sunday. In addition, its activity is reinforced with the installation of signs carried out with the project for the Recovery of the dune systems.

This action is financed with 116,364 € from the Sustainable Tourism Tax (ITS) and is part of the project for the Recovery of dune systems in areas of environmental relevance in the Balearic Islands, with a total budget of 823,000 €. The informers will work for two and a half months during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Dune systems are habitats with a high degree of fragility and vulnerability, which are considered a priority and form part of the Natura 2000 network. These systems mitigate the effects of storms and are a reservoir of sand for beaches.