sa Dragonera, Majorca.

sa Dragonera, Majorca. archive photo.

19-04-2007Ultima Hora

Capacity at sa Dragonera Natural Park is being reduced to 200 people at one time and the number of boats allowed to anchor in the coves will also be limited, according to Aurora Ribot, Vice President of the Council and Insular Minister of Sustainability & Environment.

Human pressure

Ribot says the measures are part of a Management Plan being developed by the Council and the Government within the framework of the World Environment Day celebrations.

The restrictions will not take effect this summer because the regulations haven’t been approved yet.

At the moment, informants and Medi Ambient agents are controlling capacity and limiting the number of visitors from Sant Elm.

Minister Ribot has called on the Balearic Government to expand protected areas, such as Rafalbeig in El Toro, and sa Dragonera. Only the islets and inland waters, located between them and the coast of Majorca currently belong to the Natural Park.

She also wants the Central Government to set up an emission control zone in the Mediterranean to improve air quality and limit pollution from cruise ships and other vessels.

"This Covid-19 crisis has taught us that when human pressure is lowered, the environment recovers," said Minister Ribot.

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Stephen Johnson / Hace 26 days

When are people who sit behind desks going to realise that it can take hours for a boat to get from one place to another at 8km/h and when they get there tyey need shelter to protect the HUMAN LIVES onboard, which can also include CHILDREN onboard. Boats need shelter as bad as the world needs a covid vaccine. Refuge is a fundamental requirement of all marine vessels. You cannot just park the boat in a street and put the handbrake on. Boats and their crews are at the mercy of the sea 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Stop this idea of preventing boats and the children onboard from having a fundamental safe refuge otherwise one day a boating tradgedy will be the doing of the incompetent local authority. This idea of preventing boats a safe haven has to stop

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