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Ecologists in Action denounces that irrigation of the Campo de Cartagena continues to intensify (30/10/2019)

Ecologists in Action denounces that despite the critical situation of the Mar Menor and the multitude of initiatives that are promised from the Regional government, the reality is that the situation of the Campo de Cartagena has changed little.

Thus, they warn, the organization has denounced last week a break of more than 90 hectares in the area of ​​La Corverica, belonging to the municipality of Fuente Álamo.

The breakage, which has affected dryland cultivation land and uncultivated areas, seems aimed at intensive irrigation, contravening different environmental laws, as well as the Segura Basin Plan, and highlighting Law 1/2018 precisely, of February 7, urgent measures to guarantee environmental sustainability in the Mar Menor environment.

This breakage can affect the Vereda de Corverica to Fuente Álamo cattle route, in addition to species of raptors and steppe birds found in the Catalog of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna of the Region of Murcia, and that use the area as an area of nesting, hunting and champion, among which are found Owl (Bubo bubo), Culebrera eagle.

(Circaetus gallicus), European Carraca (Coracias garrulus), Paloma zurita (Columba oenas), Alcaraván (Burhinus oedicnemus) or the Totovía (Lullula arborea).

On the other hand, the General Directorate of the Environment is currently processing an irrigation crop intensification project in the area of ​​Lo Poyo, to which the organization has submitted allegations.

The project would transform about 90 hectares of herbaceous crop to a citrus crop under a protective mesh cover with a greenhouse-like structure, with the intensification that this entails in the use of water, fertilizers and phytosanitary products throughout the year, in a area that is less than 500 meters from the Mar Menor, affecting the Lo Poyo wetland, and a clear visual impact on the Protected Landscape Open Spaces and Mar Menor Islands.

On the other hand, they are lands in which there is a certified presence of heavy metals from the mining activity of the Sierra de Cartagena, so that their transformation would exacerbate erosive processes and the arrival of said metals by runoff to the Mar Menor and the wetland of The Poyo.

The organization criticizes that there are still breakages and changes in land use aimed at increasing, intensifying and industrializing irrigation in the Campo de Cartagena, despite the critical situation of the Mar Menor and that dozens of initiatives aimed at solving the problem are announced. Bad ecological status of the Mar Menor.

For Ecologists in Action, the Mar Menor has no possible salvation that does not go through the reduction of intensive irrigation, especially in the first strip of coast.

For this, there must be an elimination of illegal surfaces, an environmental reconversion of the sector throughout the Cartagena Field, an environmental recovery of channels, the first coastal strip and the entire public domain, such as livestock.

The Regional Government, the Hydrographic Confederation and the City Councils must work in unison to ensure strict compliance with current legislation, and establish the additional restrictions required, among other initiatives.

Without this institutional commitment, nothing will change in the Campo de Cartagena, and the Mar Menor will definitely be doomed to die.

Source: Ecologistas en Acción

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