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They give the report "Black Flags 2010: Coastal Chaos" to the City of Cartagena (15/07/2010)

Ecologists in Action has delivered this morning Black Flags 2010 Report of the Region of Murcia: Coastal Chaos "to the City of Cartagena, that the Mayor Dona Pilar Barreiro know more accurately the actual state of deterioration of the coast in Murcia that this administration is involved.

For the twelfth consecutive year, Ecologists in Action submitted the Black Banners report that analyzes the state of costs based on environmental criteria, noting issues such as urban planning, industrial waste, organic waste, performances at beaches and ports of general interest or interest particular.

As part of this analysis are granted awards of flags and black spots.

With the aim of disseminating this analysis between citizens and between public administrations in the Region of Murcia, the environmental group has today delivered to the City of Cartagena of a particular copy of "Coastal Chaos" with respect to our shores.

The environmental association has complained that the city of Cartagena has spent years managing inappropriately the party is concerned in the Murcia coast, no real and sustainable planning and approving new projects that are increasingly esquilmando our natural resources.

Natalia Martin, head of regional sea level, appreciated that "our leaders have failed to plan or manage with a view to better utilization and conservation of natural resources."

Instead, it has imposed a supported model in a hypothetical unlimited growth, and focused on the particular interest of a few, forgetting the general interest of the public.

This, according to Martin, "leads to a situation where the load limits of the territory will soon be overwhelmed, which will limit the possibilities of sustainable alternatives for the town."

For the organization, the City of Cartagena, inexplicably, continues its advance predator, as evidenced by the historical and urban occupation of the Manga del Mar Menor, and the claims of new projects as Lo Poyo and Novo Carthago.

These projects continue with the model of resorts and golf courses, and affect more severely if anything, a coastal lagoon of Mar Menor with 5 figures of national protection and international (SCI, SPA, RAMSAR ...).

These reasons are not enough for the regional management plan final approval of the Management of Natural Resources (PORN) del Mar Menor, a document essential basis for sound management of Protected Areas.

Urban projects sought by the City of Cartagena threaten to continue the process of serious distortion of the Mar Menor, putting in a limit situation in this space as high uniqueness.

This shows clearly how the Mar Menor for nothing is "saved", contrary to what the mayor Pilar Barreiro declared last summer.

As regards the Mediterranean Cartagena, highlights the recent threat of Cala Reona, unspoilt cove located on the edge of the Regional Park "Calblanque, Eagle Rock and Mount of Ashes."

The City of Cartagena proposal seeks to reclassify some 60 hectares of land to allow development of between 500 and 1,000 homes, changing the current rating of undeveloped land of Environmental Protection and Forestry land for development of minimum density.

And the City Council continues its escalation of not leaving a single stretch of undeveloped coast, basing its development in a tourism model seaside residential sustainable nothing, and threatening the sections of high biodiversity that still has the expense of the municipality.

Ecologists in Action also stressed that the General Urban Plan (Plan) of Cartagena, adopted in 2009, provides for the development of 110,000,000 m2, which added to the 50,000,000 m2 built and urbanized represent a third of the municipality of Cartagena, thus doubling the current urban area, one step back further in land use and housing development that in no way meet a real need for natural population growth of the municipality, implanting an unsustainable model exporting more to the coastal areas.

As proof that you can still change course, Ecologists in Action gives the mayor Pilar Barreiro its report Banderas Negras 2010, the Region of Murcia: Coastal Chaos ", to analyze the state of costs from a real perspective grade environmental degradation, and can change the model of planning and management towards a more coherent and sustainable in this fragile strip of land that is the coast.

Some of the specific claims Ecologists in Action moved to the mayor of Cartagena has been the request to permanently discard the aberrant and unsustainable projects and Novo Carthago Lo Poyo, the attempt to urbanize Cala Reona disproportionate urban growth and that shortly by little we are leaving a badly swindled coast for the private interests of a few.

The environmental association has also requested the Mayor of Cartagena to perform more control over illegal construction in the natural surroundings of the town, stopping and demolishing these illegal works in their early stages to send a clear message to society offenders in general and particular.

This is to avoid at all costs the current sense of impunity that reigns in the town, which is largely due to the permissive attitude of the City Council, which in the past has made "legalization" of illegal dwellings.

Ecologists in Action said that right now is a good time to rethink the future of the municipality.

The environmental organization therefore believes that it must promote initiatives that benefit the entire county, both socially and environmentally, and set aside the current plundering of the territory for the sake of private interests, which severely limits development opportunities for future generations.

Source: Ecologistas en Acción

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