Select Page

Masdunas plan to move 60,000 m3 of sand from Maspalomas to Playa del Inglés

Masdunas plan to move 60,000 m3 of sand from Maspalomas to Playa del Inglés

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria has undertaken an ambitious plan for the environmental restoration of the Maspalomas dunes system, the first of its kind ever in the world undertaken on arid dunes, the objective is to avoid the gradual disappearance of the dunes by moving up to 60,000 cubic meters of sand and installing artificial collectors, among other measures.

The Masdunas project has a budget of €1,155,000, the Cabildo aims to halt the continual loss of sand and to return part of the ecosystem of the dunes, a pioneering target, starting with a pilot phase of two years that will continue according to the results, the president of the Cabildo, Antonio Morales, explained emphasising the island’s intention to act firmly in implementing this first ever plan to save the environment of the dunes from erosion.

A primary goal is to recover species that are fundamental for the development of the dunes, the Cabildo aims to restore the eight kilometers of official trails that run through the Nature Reserve, so that transit of people through the areas of greatest environmental fragility are kept to the minimum possible.

Traslado de 60.000 m3 de arena para salvar las dunas de Maspalomas

El Cabildo emprende un ambicioso plan de restauración ambiental de las dunas de Maspalomas, el primero en el mundo sobre dunas áridas, cuyo objetivo es evitar la desaparición paulatina de las dunas.Más información: http://cort.as/-8Sba

Gepostet von Gran Canaria Medio Ambiente am Montag, 23. Juli 2018

In addition, the Cabildo will plant 350 balancones (Traganum moquinii plants) and create artificial sand collectors. In total, there will be 78 sand collectors in various experimental plots that seek to promote the creation of new dunes throughout the natural space, Minister of Environment, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, said while along with the president acknowledging the hard work and perseverance of the project director, Miguel Ángel Peña.

October 1 will see the start of sand movements from the tip of La Bajeta, where it will be collected from the shore before otherwise being lost out to the ocean, and it will be moved to the natural beginning point for its journey in Playa del Inglés. This transfer of sand will be undertaken periodically, always in lowest tourist season and at night.

From a natural perspective, the Maspalomas dune system has a dynamic equilibrium providing a point of connection between the normal sand flows, toward the tip of La Bajeta, which acts as a reservoir. However, given that its storage capacity is finite, extreme storms in the southwest can lead to considerable loss of sand.

This action aims to set back the tip of La Bajeta to the maximum limits of the beach profile that have been registered historically, corresponding to the year 1995, to generate a natural trap that prevents further sand loss.

The Cabildo will relocate the sand extracted in Playa del Inglés, so that it is transported naturally by the wind to the coastal dune, characterized by the presence of specimens of balancones (Traganum moquinii), which in turn will modify the transport and form the dunes barjanas, characteristic of this system of mobile dunes.

The project also includes the advancing of scientific knowledge with three teams of researchers who will closely monitor the movement of the sand and its interaction with collectors and balancones.

By means of 16 photogrammetric flights with oblique laser, ground measurements and video tracking in the submerged sebadales, the technicians will be able to advance the study to stop or compensate the sedimentary erosion of the dunes.

Masdunas will also have a specific website (www.madunas.com) (* though website does not appear to work just yet ) , with informative material, social network and support of a bilingual environmental interpreter to make guided tours of the project.

The dunes of Maspalomas and the sebadales of Playa el Inglés are cataloged by the Canary Network of Natural Protected Areas as a Special Natural Reserve, in addition to being recognized as a Special Conservation Area by the Natura 2000 Network.

The Canary Islands, closer to their objective of reaching 45% penetration of renewables by 2025

A new call for aid to implement 180 MW of wind power is set to expand provision much closer to the goal set by the Government of the Canary Islands to reach 45% penetration in renewables by 2025, which is included in the draft of the Energy Strategy of the Canary...

The Lighthouse of Maspalomas reopens to the public after ten years

The Faro de Maspalomas Lighthouse, possibly the most emblematic building on Gran Canaria, has reopened its doors having been fully renovated a decade after it closed to the public aiming to become the guardian of the Island's history through the...

The British tourism market grew in December

Gran Canaria received 420,000 tourists during December 2018, an decrease of 1.7% (- 7,400) compared to December 2017. The British market however experienced a pre-Brexit surge of 5.6% (+ 3,100) more tourists, reaching 58,500 people during the...

Gran Canaria exceeds 4.5 million tourist in 2018 for the second year running

Gran Canaria received 4,510,000 tourists in 2018, surpassing the historic record of 4.5 million foreign and national visitors for the second consecutive year, although there was a recorded decline of 1.7%, 77,750 travellers less than in 2017, according to...

Numbers of Spaniards visiting Gran Canaria on holiday has broken a new record in 2018

GRAN CANARIA CLOSED THE YEAR WITH ALMOST 600,000 VISITORS FROM THE MAINLAND, A NEW RECORD FOR THE NATIONAL MARKET. Spanish National tourism to Gran Canaria has broken a new record in 2018 with almost 600,000 visitors, just over a 5% increase over the previous year,...

New Film & TV Audiovisual Production Centre for Gran Canaria

The Cabildo has put out a call for tender to construct a new purpose built cinema and television studio production set, for a budget of €7 million to be completed within 14 months of execution. The future Gran Canaria Audiovisual Production Centre aims to...

Gran Canaria Weather: Rains, low temperatures and perhaps even snow

Following one of the driest Decembers on record, Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) have forecast weak rains due to arrive this Thursday, ending a clear run of winter blue skies that have accompanied the holiday season on Gran Canaria....

360º Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria sunset

Take a little look at this awesome image of sunset taken from Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, by local photography enthusiast Bard Myhr.  While his commercial work centres around landscapes and properties for sale, he likes nothing better in his spare time than to get up...

Urban Plan presented for new hotel capacity on the south of Gran Canaria

San Bartolomé de Tirajana is set to grow its tourism capacity over the coming years with a newly presented plan outlining the urban development of lands located on the touristed south of Gran Canaria at Tarajalillo, Meloneras and Santa Águeda. The new General...

The primary electoral battle next May will centre on Gran Canaria, with posturing already having begun in the Canary Islands Parliament

Whether you like politics or not, it is the only place you, as a resident, have a real consistent voice in how you are governed on a local and regional level.  It has real effects on your life, everything from building policy, to rubbish...

About The Author

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Slik skal de redde sandstrendene på Gran Canaria | - […] Det er også bestemt å plante 350 nye trær av en type som fanger opp sand i røttene og…

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.