The Canary Islands propose a group for the protection of the biodiversity of Macaronesia

The Minister of Ecological Transition of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Antonio Valbuena. / c7

The Minister of Ecological Transition of the Government of the Canary Islands has reflected on the conflicts that exist when "economic development" is opposed to "that which has no voice to defend itself, which is biodiversity"

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The Minister for Ecological Transition of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Antonio Valbuena, explained in A Coruña the proposal for the creation of a group for the protection of the biodiversity of Macaronesia that would also include Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde.

Valbuena has participated this Tuesday in the day
«The conservation of nature from the autonomous communities: The IUCN as a link of union«, in the Center for University Extension and Environmental Dissemination of Galicia, located in the Castle of Santa Cruz, in Oleiros (A Coruña).

He has highlighted the importance of the work of the IUCN organization (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and has proposed its own working group for its area, Macaronesia, where all the actors involved jointly protect biodiversity.

Due to proximity and common interests, he has ensured that the Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde should coordinate to protect the environment, a collaboration that already exists.

The counselor has reflected on the conflicts that exist when «economic development» is opposed to «that which has no voice to defend itself, which is biodiversity», he said.

“He does not vote in the elections and cannot access the media, but it is our responsibility. He knows neither ideology nor political regimes. But this is what life is all about, not us as a human species but the planet as a whole », he declared.

Therefore, in his opinion, it is time to
“Put the accent on what needs to be protected” and correct the errors of the past, when there were "problems" due to measures such as the approval of "wind farms without environmental impact declarations."

The Canarian Government has learned from this and now wants to be "advised by those who really know, who are scientists", for which it proposes a law on biodiversity and natural resources of the Canary Islands.

This norm is based on scientific criteria and is pending the start of the parliamentary process while the last previous hurdles are finished.

Valbuena considered that a comprehensive approach to environmental protection is key in this legislation, since "protecting and conserving biodiversity" requires
“take into account what lies below”which is marine biodiversity.

His Ministry works on "biodiversity management", with which the Canarian Government has a "strong commitment" both with the territory and with the marine environment, he added.

In his opinion, this is crucial to protect the environment, especially of the multiple species cataloged within the "rich Canarian ecosystem"

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