THE Balearic Government announced yesterday that on Friday they will approve plans to give 3'780.2 hectares of Es Trence-Salobrar de Campos, greater protection. The project includes 1'442 hectares of land, all privately owned, and 2'338.2 hectares of sea area.
This announcement comes just days after Es Trenc beach lost its blue flag (awarded by the European Union for excellence). The project was made public by the Balearic Minister for the Environmnet, Jaume Font, during the celebration of World Environment Day at which the director general of Biodiversity, Joana Xamena, was also present. Xamena said that the protection of the beaches, the dune areas, the salt flats and the coastal waters of this area was a “matter still to be resolved”.
Xamena explained that once the Balearic Government orders the start of PORN, as the plan governing natural resources is known, on Friday, a temporary protection order will be established while the natural resources in the area are evaluated, a process which will take from seven to nine months. The director general, who said that the proposed land area was 38.2 percent of the total, stated that the final area where protection will be applied in Es Trenc-Salobrar de Campos will be determined by experts working through PORN. Font said that he had taken into account with his proposal the natural relevance of the beaches between Sa Rapita and La Colonia de Sant Jordi, punctuated by rocky formations such as Ses Covetes.