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The Caminito del Rey, El Chorro

November 26th, 2014

The new Caminito del Rey

The new Caminito del Rey

Interesting news coming from Malaga province of Andalucia with the Caminito del Rey or “Kings path” almost about to reopen. The Caminito is famous to climbers and adrenalin junkies the world over after the death defying video was loaded onto you tube in 2009.

The pathway was originally built over 100 years ago, pinned to the side of the Gaitanes gorge to get materials and to allow for inspections between the three Guadalhorce dams.

But now, with a total investment of around 11 million Euros, the broken and dangerous path has been restored and is due to open to the public in January 2015. Not without it’s polemics as local climbers (and worldwide) are complaining that their favorite European radical climbing site will be spoiled with the influx of thousands of us ordinary folk wanting to walk the new and safe path. Time will tell what happens but one thing is for sure, this tiny village of El Chorro needs to get ready for mass tourism fairly quickly.

Full informaation (in English) over at www.caminodelrey.es

New Iberian wolf census called for.

April 8th, 2014

lobo_iberico2The governing Partido Popular party of Spain have called for a national census of the Iberian wolf which is about time too as the last reliable census was taken in 1988. The Government will create an updated population census on the Iberian peninsular but presumably this won’t include Portugal. This census will then help to implement a national strategy for the conservation and management of the Iberian wolf and would serve as a key instrument for the conservation and efficient management of the species.

There are claims that some of the major regions with populations of wolf have conflicting management plans For example, the Iberian wolf is a game species north of the Duero, Castilla y León and Galicia But in Asturias sport hunting for this species is not allowed. Sport hunting no but “control” yes. On the 21st of August 2013 “Matley” a wolf that was fitted with a transmitter and part of a scientific monitoring project was “controlled”

“We believe that there should be detailed studies on the status of the wolf in Spain and it’s coexistence with other species and this information will help to avoid unwarranted persecution and also to allow better coordination of conservation plans across the country.”

Here is an (outdated but good information page on the Iberian Wolf)

Here is the article on the subject in Spanish

And of course the Wolf topic over at Iberianature Forum…

The worldwide Environmental Justice Atlas (Spain)

April 7th, 2014

map-eco-issuesI have just come across this very interesting interactive map of environmental issues in Spain. Right now the map pinpoints 35 conflicts around the country that are of concern. Issues such as the mega-infrastructure projects of the Ciudad Real airport and Ports, to utility projects such as those over high tension electricity lines, incinerators and conflicts driven by tourism and its related infrastructure.

The problems over tourism and recreation projects are for me very interesting especially in Andalucia (as thats where I am located.) Two projects in particular, the Valdevaqueros hotel and housing project in Tarifa and the proposed government sell off of the enormous Almoraima estate whose land connects to the stunning natural park of Alcornocales (The largest cork forest in the world) Other problems are a waste incineration plant in Cordoba and in Huelva, the industrial chemical processing plant.

The map has a lot of background information about these projects and the articles are well researched and written. The map is not restricted to Spain and allows users to browse the world’s environmental conflicts, by country, commodity, company involved and type of conflict. I’m sure this map will get a lot bigger and in depth as more data gets added….

Click here to go to the Spain Interactive map

And join the discussion about the subject over at the Iberianature Forum