Reserve project progress
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.