Neighbors and groups mobilize to save the cork oaks of Elviria

Neighbors from Elviria have asked the City Council for information on the real estate project that threatens one of the most valuable green areas of the Costa del Sol.

Neighbors and social groups in Marbella have begun to organize to try to conserve an area of ​​cork oaks of about 700 hectares in Elviria, whose continuity is threatened by the construction of 25 luxury homes.

The neighbors, who have formed a platform together with the nearly 20 social groups that have mobilized, ask the City Council for information on the actions they have taken to maintain the set of cork oaks, one of the best preserved and of greater environmental value of the Costa del Sol, according to Ecologists in Action, who on Thursday warned of the consequences of the real estate project.

The neighbors have also begun to censor and photograph the cork oaks to have a record of the number of copies and the platform has organized different performances for the last Sunday of October, such as a day to continue recounting the trees, talks given by experts and cleaning work the area in which the Green Generation will participate, a group of young people from Marbella that, through social networks, plans waste collection campaigns.

"It has generated a very strong feeling to stop at once the felling of trees and the destruction of forests and a green island that is one of the few that remain in Elviria of this natural category," says one of the neighbors that are part of the platform and who prefers to reserve his identity because, he points out, the prominence is of the platform.

One of the mobilized groups is Marbella Activa, whose secretary, Javier Lima, affirms: «We do not need more urbanizations and we do need the urgent need to conserve our nature, especially when it comes to unique ecosystems such as Elviria cork oak, which seems to be only citizens and the most conscious groups are concerned ».

According to Ecologists in Action, the City Council has paid the construction company about 200,000 euros to transplant some cork oaks, which are, according to the collective, hundreds of years old and that stand out for their size and weight. "In the remote case that some of these trees are saved, the Mediterranean ecosystem - with trees, shrubs, insects, reptiles, birds, mammals and amphibians - will be lost forever," warns Ecologists in Action, which accuses the City Council of be complicit in the possible disappearance of the cork oak and who asks you not to process the building license.

"We will publicly denounce these acts that enrich a few, harm everyone and make one of our treasures, the Mediterranean forest, be lost," says the group.

Font: La opinión de Málaga

 

Posted on December 18th, 2019

 

 

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