Re­serve project progress

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By Alex Watkins THE PRO­CE­DURE to have the Sierra and Cabo de Santa Pola de­clared a mu­nic­i­pal na­ture re­serve is mak­ing progress, re­ported coun­cil­lor for sus­tain­abil­ity Ale­jan­dro Es­cal­ada.

The re­gional en­vi­ron­ment de­part­ment is­sued its re­quire­ments at the end of De­cem­ber and next it will pub­lish the project in the of­fi­cial bul­letin of the re­gional gov­ern­ment (DOGV) and the town hall no­tice­board.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic will have 45 days to view the doc­u­ment and regis­ter ob­jec­tions or sug­ges­tions.

The pro­ce­dure was started in Oc­to­ber 2016 and when it is com­pleted the town hall will be­come re­spon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing the land and man­ag­ing how it is used.

“It will be­come an area of great eco­log­i­cal value which re­quires mea­sures for pro­tec­tion, im­prove­ments and con­ser­va­tion un­der the town hall’s guid­ance,” said the coun­cil­lor.

“We will be able to draw up a plan of ac­tion and of uses to give them greater en­vi­ron­men­tal value.”

The sur­face area which the na­ture re­serve will cover has been agreed as 1,309 hectares, one of the big­gest in Va­len­cia re­gion.

Once any ob­jec­tions have been re­solved, the re­gional le­gal de­part­ment will have to give its ap­proval, after which the re­gional gov­ern­ment will be able to make the dec­la­ra­tion by de­cree.

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