Life Conhabit welcomes the interest of tourist companies from the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo and Nerja City Council

Life Conhabit Andalusia has thanked the willingness shown yesterday by the representatives of Nerja City Council (Malaga) and business people with businesses in the Natura 2000 Network space in the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo for participating in the dissemination of its natural richness, with the aim of contributing to the conservation of its priority habitats.

Thus, the municipal leaders as well as business people present at the meeting held in the Detunda-Cueva Botanical Gardens of Nerja, in Nerja (Malaga), showed interest in learning about the objectives and development of the project in this space, as well as in getting involved in sharing it and conveying it to the users of this coastal stretch with the aim of making them aware of the need to protect it.

In the case of Nerja City Council, their representatives assured that they would channel the Life Conhabit information through the Tourism office, while the tourist business people did the same for sharing it from their businesses and encouraging good practice in the use and enjoyment of this space that Nerja shares with the town of Almuñécar in Granada.

They could all know that, in the case of the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo, Life Conhabit is acting to protect the 12 habitats of community interest status that it contains, of which 3 are priority: Posidonia pastures, arborescent shrubs with Zyziphus and subestepic areas of grass and Thero-Brachypodietea annual plants.

And that their intervention takes into account, from the order of public use, the installation of fencing and signage on entrances to the beaches or adaptation of car parks, until the eradication and control of exotic invasive species, without forgetting the control of the competitors and the restoration of habitats using re-vegetation.

The tourist businesses and the representative from Nerja City Council were able to see first hand the habitats present in this space with the tour that they had of the Botanic Gardens, which are part of the Andalusian Network of Botanic Gardens and Natural Spaces and that, also, serve as a support for the development of this European initiative, just as the other coastal botanic gardens.
Specifically, this 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, declared by the United Nations and, for this reason, it is essential to find tourist experiences that respect the environment and minimise the impact that it makes on its surroundings. It is also essential that the tourist sector is involved in creating social awareness about the importance of practising responsible tourism.

In this regard, tourism business people welcomed Life Conhabit’s initiative of organising public use with fencing and signage at entrances before the arrival of visitors in the summer and assured that the tendency of sun and beach tourism has been lowering over the past few years in favour of natural tourism.

And the fact is that the Andalusian coastline’s great biodiversity makes it a more and more sought after tourist trap. It is therefore crucial to alleviate the negative effects of aggressive tourism and find sustainable tourist experiences.



Project Life Conhabit Andalusia

Conhabit Initiative
The Project LIFE CONHABIT ANDALUSIA "Preservation and improvement in priority habitats on the Andalusian coast" (LIFE+13/ES/000586) begun on the 1st of June of 2014, after being approved by the European Commission. With a duration of five years and a budget totalling 2,654,269 euro, it is a LIFE-NATURE project whose main objective is advancing the improvement and preservation of priority habitats found in 15 areas of the Natura 2000 Network on the Andalusian coast, and promoting social awareness of the need to protect these spaces, habitats, and species, some of which are under threat. Read more

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