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02-F-09: The Day of the Wetlands

Ecologists in Action criticises the celebration of this day in the face of a lack of action on the part of public administration to protect the wetlands.

The Day of the Wetlands, on the 2nd February, is the celebration of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in 1971. This treaty was an agreement for the protection of wetlands around the world due to their environmental value. Ecologists in Action made a declaration against the lack of preocupation demonstrated by the public administration on the topic of one of the most important wetlands of Andalusia: El Padul in Granada.

“It can be found within the Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada a Site of Community Importance (SCI) as defined in the European Commission Habitats Directive. It is a Special Protection Area’ (SPA) under the European Union directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds, is within the scope of the Ramsar Convention (an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands) as it is particularly suited for birds. It is also an area included in the Inventory of Wetlands of Andalusia. But all this regalia appears to be meaningless”, explains Javier Egea, provincial coordinator of Ecologists in Action in Granada.

Ecologists in Action stated that “until they start to take the law seriously, the rules for environmental protection that are in place, and they start to work to recuperate this emblematic area of such incredible diversity, we see no reason to celebrate on this day. The environmental value of this area is infinitley greater than economic investment that may be required. There is money. What there isn’t is the desire to do the job properly”.

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