Staff reporter
THE global environmental organisation Greenpeace said yesterday that, in the wake of its exposé earlier this month of the damage being done to Spain's coastline it is satisfied with the response from most regional governments, including the Balearics.

Since the damning report was published outlining the principal factors for the rapid degradation of the coastline, the Balearic Environment Minister, Jaume Font, has met Greenpeace representatives for talks and, according to the environmental organisation, the government has responded positively to their warnings.

Font has announced that, to start with, the Balearic government is to stop discharging sewage water into the sea.
Although Font and Greenpeace did disagree on a number of points, the Balearic government will be taking further action to rectify a number of other faults in a bid to protect and preserve the coast.

Greenpeace are particularly concerned about five “black spots” in the Balearics.
Llevant natural park in the north east of the island and Campos, where property developments have led to the disappearance of the sand dunes, in Majorca.

The San Antonio marina development and a new sewage plant in Ibiza and the port expansion plans in Ciutadella, Minorca.
In total, this year's Greenpeace report, which Balearic Tourism Minister Joan Flaquer initially claimed had been used to “pick on the Balearics,” pin points 50 environmental black spots across Spain.

Spain's Minister for the Environment, Cristina Narbona, has also agreed to order a complete review of Spain's coastal protection and management plan and to make sure that it fully complies with European Union directives.


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