Castilla: "The Canary Islands' commitment to natural resources is historic"

Image of Yaiza Castilla, Minister of Tourism of the Canary Islands. / EFE

All parliamentary groups were in favor of sustainability

CANARY ISLANDS7/EFE The Gran Canarian palms

The Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce
Yaiza Castillasaid this Monday that although it can be improved, the commitment of the Canary Islands to natural resources is historic, and as an example he has given that the
40% of the islands territory is protected.

A commitment that the counselor highlighted during her appearance in a parliamentary committee to discuss the study of tourist load capacity, at the request of the Nationalist group, whose deputy David de la Hoz has criticized the headlines
in favor of sustainability but without establishing plans or budget.

During the debate, all parliamentary groups were in favor of sustainability, but only
David de la Hoz and Francisco Denizthis one from Sí Podemos Canarias, insisted on the need to define load capacity and relate it to the environment and the population.

The minister has indicated that capacity should not be confused with load capacity, which has been talked about for decades and requires transversality, so that the
tourism planning guidelines They transfer to the councils the power to determine if an area is declared oversaturated.

He also mentioned that there are community programs related to sustainability, such as the
Next Generationand has highlighted that the Canary Islands will adhere to the Glasgow declaration, by which they will commit to
reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.

Yaiza Castilla has pointed out that in the concept of
tourist load There is talk of both social and ecological capacity, landscape, infrastructure and others, and he has stated that for a long time there has been talk of the tourism that is wanted and a key fact, he stated, is that 40% of the Canarian territory is protected.

That is why he believes that
the commitment of the Canary Islands is historic with natural resources and has commented that although tourism consumes many resources so does the local population, for which he has stated that commitments must be analyzed since everyone is responsible.

The counselor has reiterated that the Canary Islands continually consider
how to improveand has been convinced that everyone agrees that the Canarian territory is fragile and protected, tourist activity is powerful and society is committed.

The deputy of the Nationalist group (CC-PNC-AHI)
David de la Hoz has insisted that it is not a question of attacking a strategic economic sector when the definition of the tourist load capacity is requested; a sector, he has said, that has made it possible to reach levels of life that were not dreamed of, but that has also caused collateral damage.

David de la Hoz has also recalled that the
population of the islands has increased 32% over the last 20 years, and has demanded that the load capacity be defined, which, he specified, will depend on the ability to generate clean energy, as well as food and on whether mobility has zero impact on the footprint of carbon.

He has commented that if what he wants is to be a "spearhead" one must first clearly define what carrying capacity is, which, he has acknowledged, is different on each island, and he has clarified that no one attacks the tourism sector but that seeks to clearly define whether it is sustainable or not, but based on indicators.

The deputy of the Mixed group
Ricardo Fernandez de la Puentefrom Ciudadanos, has recognized that this is a recurring issue and has highlighted the importance that tourism has for the islands, as well as that it is an industry that is interested in being sustainable.

The deputy of the Gomera Socialist Group (ASG)
Jesus Ramos He has said that the Canary Islands are committed to sustainability and has also underlined that tourism contributes 35 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Francis Deniz, of Sí Podemos Canarias, has recognized the positive effects of tourism, but has demanded that the negative effects be debated because, in his opinion, the balance with the environment has been broken, and thus he has pointed out that although it only occupies 4 percent percent of the territory is the best coastal areas.

The deputy of Sí Podemos Canarias He has commented that the local population has been expelled from these areas, and has been opposed to increasing the tourist offer, to which he has recognized that it is a sector that brings benefits, which, he has opined, must be distributed.

The deputy of Nueva Canarias (NC)
Esther Gonzalez has been in favor of determining both the population load and the tourist load of the archipelago, and has recognized that the solution cannot be the same in all the islands, to also advocate for sustainability.

The deputy of the Popular group
Charles Esther He has estimated that the tourist load is related to an idea of ​​negativity and with catastrophic messages, and has been in favor of the study of the load capacity focusing on improving the sector, which has a model on each island.

The deputy of the Socialist group
Manuel Abrante has demanded that efforts be made to guarantee the sustainability of tourism, and has opted for this sector but adopting factors to prioritize quality, which should not be confused with luxury, but rather with respect for the environment.

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