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IU-Greens: We urge the Mayor to act to protect Mount Arab from human pressure (29/01/2020)

Mount Arab, owned by the City Council of Yecla, is one of the most important natural areas in the Region of Murcia and, in addition, has an incalculable sentimental value for Yeclanos.

Thus, it stands out for its geological, cultural and environmental aspects.

The unique values ​​it possesses have been the reason why the Arabi was declared a Natural Monument and its cave paintings as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is for all this that this natural space supports a growing human pressure due to the increase of its tourist interest.

Thus, it is common for every weekend to be visited by hundreds of people.

This circumstance is positive, but at the same time it carries a risk of negative impact on nature.

It should be noted that Mount Arab has ​​a great wealth of flora and fauna.

Thus, citations of 300 flora taxa and 124 fauna taxa are counted, among them, according to the Comprehensive Management Plan project, “12 species included in the Habitat Directive, 18 species included in Annex I of the Birds Directive, 49 migratory species of regular arrival and another 45 species of fauna of interest ”.

In this sense, the presence of fauna very sensitive to human pressure stands out, such as the golden eagle, the eagle owl and the piquirroja chova, among others.

As a measure to reduce human pressure on protected birdlife, access to the Arabian summit is prohibited from November 1 to July 31.

However, this measure is unknown by practically the entire population of Yecla and by tourists.

Likewise, the information about the natural space in the municipal websites is disorderly and in some cases it is contradictory.

These circumstances are causing it to be customary to see large groups of people at any point in the protected area in a disorganized manner, a situation that can very negatively affect the reproduction of wildlife, and therefore, the very survival of protected species.

The space is owned by the municipality of Yecla.

Therefore, despite the fact that the environmental competences are autonomous, the City Council is also responsible for the proper conservation of this emblematic space for all Yeclanos.

It is for all this, that from the United Left-Green Municipal Group we have requested the Mayor the following measures:

1º- That information be sent to us about the actions that the City Council of Yecla carries out regularly in coordination with the Autonomous Community, and alone, of surveillance and conservation of Mount Arab.

2º- That the signaling on the regime of restriction of visits to the summit of Mount Arab be improved and increased, which, according to the existing existing signage, consists of a prohibition of access from November 1 to July 31.

3º- That accessibility to information be improved and criteria on the recommendations for the use of Mount Arab be unified on municipal websites.

4º- That the social networks of the City Council and the media are frequently used to remember and explain the reasons for the restriction of climbing to the Arabi summit.

Source: IU-verdes Yecla

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