The regional secretary of Environment and Climate Change, Fran Quesada, accompanied by representatives of the City of Jávea, has visited the area of Granadella, in regeneration after the fire suffered in September of 2016.
The planned actions, currently in the bidding phase, will affect an area of 148,62 hectares, with a budget of 461.951,93 euros. The main objectives of the project are to accelerate the natural mechanisms of recovery of the habitats affected by fire, in order to achieve a forest mass with greater resistance to forest fires.
Plant formations with less combustibility will be strengthened, while the risk of erosion is mitigated and the characteristic landscape of Granadella is recovered.
For this purpose, and taking advantage of the economic resources available in the Operational Program of the Valencian Community 2014-2020, financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the following actions of assisted restoration of the vegetation cover have been proposed : Reduction of the density of germinated buds after the fire until obtaining a final density of 800 ft / ha, reduction of the density of pyrophyte species and especially of the gorse (Ulex parviflorus), elimination of invasive species (Acacia, Mioporum, Lantana , etc)
In addition, the project foresees the clearing and pruning of the adult pine forest that was saved from the 2016 fire, the growth of which is stagnant due to the high density of feet per hectare, and the restoration of a total of 2.857 cubic meters of stone walls. dry that, besides reducing the erosive processes, will favor the regeneration of the shrub rich in endemic species.
These actions will complement the restoration actions that have already been carried out in the two years after the fire and in which, in addition to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the Javea Town Hall, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, the Provincial Council of Alicante, forestry companies and the interest groups that have participated in the conciliation tables.
Taking advantage of his visit in the area, Quesada wanted to emphasize that this action has to be framed in a long-term vision, which affects the entire space «Cliffs of the Navy», for which management standards have been prepared that are expected to begin their public exposure in the coming days.
The process of public participation that will begin shortly will allow to collect all the proposals and suggestions, so that together they can have an effective instrument to improve the long-term conservation of the natural, cultural and scenic elements of the site and progress with the compatibility between this conservation and the tourist attraction of the area.
The standard, which will be presented to the public in the coming days, assesses the current state of conservation of the habitats and species present, analyzes the pressures to which they are subjected or establishes the necessary measures, both regulation and direct intervention, to improve your state.