The Bonanza lagoons will finally be legally protected!


5/02/2022 | Group, cover, Wetlands, Sanlúcar Read original in Spanish HERE : https://wp.me/pIJl9-ohX

Ecologists in Action asks the competent administrations, Provincial Delegation and City Hall, to start working on awareness campaigns directed towards neighbors, groups and other sectors.

The Junta de Andalucía, in response to a formal request from Ecologistas en Acción, has started the process that will lead to the Bonanza lagoons being legally declared Protected Andalusian Wetlands in less than 3 months.

There are many threats that hang over the lagoons. All of them suffer from garbage discharges such as agricultural residues, occupation of their margins, overexploitation of the aquifer and contamination by fertilizers.

Not only do we have to conserve the lagoons. Economic activities such as agriculture, urban planning, services, have to be respectful of nature and use natural resources: soil and water in a sustainable way.

The area is within the urban matrix and the impacts described will tend to intensify over time.

In addition, the combination of Climate Change and the extraction of groundwater in the environment can dry up the lagoons, as is happening throughout the Doñana Natural Area.

An urgent problem is to stop the destruction of the banks by landfilling and illegal occupation, by some of the owners of the adjoining farms.

Ecologistas en Acción expresses its deep satisfaction with the approval of the Wetlands Committee to include the Bonanza lagoons in the Inventory of Wetlands of Andalusia. They also thank the Territorial Delegate for Sustainable Development of Cádiz, Daniel Sánchez, for recognizing Ecologistas en Acción for having reasonably requested such inclusion, about two years ago.

The request is based on the fact that the 4 lagoons are the habitat of 5 birds included in the Catalog of threatened species with the highest category: species in danger of extinction: White-headed Duck, Moorish Coot, Marbled Teal, Porrón Pardo and Squacco Egret; plus another 5 legally protected species.

The emblem of the Bonanza lagoons is the malvasia ( Oxyura

leucocephala, White-headed Duck) , a resident species of diving duck with a population of several dozen specimens (75 pairs were recorded in a census in 2011).The male has a white head with black crown, a blue bill, and reddish-grey plumage. The female has a dark bill and rather duller colouring. Its breeding habitat is lakes with open water and dense vegetation at the margin.

The presence of these species obliges the administration to legally protect the lagoons. However, the lagoons do not have any environmental protection. The recognition of this fact, finally after many years of unjust lack of protection, has concluded today in the commitment to protect them.

Therefore, the procedures for inclusion in the Andalusian Wetland Inventory are now beginning, which should last a maximum of 3 months and will include

The exact delimitation of the wetland;
the description of its natural values;
a diagnosis of its state of conservation and its threats;
and the establishment of what should be the measures for its effective protection.

El calamón viste un azul increíble; imperial. laguna Bonanza

With the end of the process, the lagoons will already be protected natural spaces with the legal name of “Andalusian Wetland”. Given this, the Ministry of Sustainable Development acquires the obligation to make the necessary public investments for the conservation and rational use of the natural resources of these lagoons.

Currently, these lagoons are land classified in the PGOU as non-developable land: Free Suburban Spaces, destined for urban parks, except for the case of the lagoon located in the Veta de la Serrana, which is classified as Developable Land destined for tertiary facilities (hotels) , which makes no sense in a non-developable environment.

The urban park planned in the PGOU of 1997! never got done. We hope that the Sanlúcar City Council will change the catrgory of the Veta lagoon to non-developable and said land will be expropriated, allowing the conservation of this lagoon, which is the most degraded.

In the same way, there are many threats that hang over the lagoons. All of them suffer from garbage discharges such as agricultural residues, occupation of their margins, overexploitation of the aquifer and contamination by fertilizers.

The area is within the urban matrix and the impacts described will tend to intensify over time. In addition, the combination of Climate Change and the extraction of groundwater in the environment can dry up the lagoons, as is happening throughout the Doñana Natural Area. An urgent problem is to stop the destruction of the banks by landfilling and illegal occupation, by some of the owners of the adjoining farms.

Salinas y masrismas de Bonanza

Lagunas Bonanza

Not only do we have to conserve the lagoons. Economic activities such as agriculture, urban planning, services, have to be respectful of nature and use natural resources: soil and water in a sustainable way.

To conclude, from Ecologistas en Acción we ask the competent administrations, the Provincial Delegation and the City Council, to start working on awareness campaigns directed towards neighbors, groups and other sectors, which are in the area of ​​influence, to give the value that corresponds to these wetlands.

Andalusian Wetlands Inventory

Read original in Spanish HERE : https://wp.me/pIJl9-ohX

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