Palma.— Five national ecology associations have written a letter to the President of the Balearic government, José Ramón Bauzá, calling for a halt to the project to build a luxury hotel and golf course at Son Duri in Sa Rapita.

The associations which include the World Wildlife Foundation, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth have highlighted the fact that the environment surrounding the site of the 1'200 bed hotel will suffer environmental degradation if the programme goes ahead. Close to the proposed site is the unspoiled beach of Es Trenc. Protesters are insisting that already-established legislation be brought to bear to protect the Es Trenc-Salobrar pristine coastal areas of the municipality of Campos, including the peripheral natural wetland areas of Sa Canova and Son Duri. An ecologist group spokesman said yesterday that the natural spaces where the hotel is planned are some of the richest and most diverse in the entire Mediterranean in terms of flora and fauna.

He furthered that the huge influx of tourism implied by such a mega construction would mean that the beach and dunes would inevitably suffer degradation and that precious water resources would be depleted because of the need to keep the golf course irrigated.

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