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Caralluma and Ecologists in Action in defense of the river Alhárabe (15/02/2011)

More than thirty people participated in a march Sunday along the river Alhárabe in Moratalla, organized by the associations Caralluma and Ecologists in Action.

The purpose of this activity is to draw attention to the enormous natural and scenic values of this place and show their concern for the ecological loss that certain projects would promote tourism and water are being studied by the administration.

The march began near the campsite of La Puerta, where it continued to follow the course of Alhárabe to Somogil.

Throughout this trip you can check the excellent condition of the river ecosystem, thanks to which a species so far missing in the Region of Murcia, the Dipper, has returned to live and reproduce in this place.

Another indicator of good environmental status of the river is the presence of a stable common otter throughout its length.

There are however present actions as those carried out in the pool of Somogil by the City of Moratalla which according to these ecological associations are unnecessary and show a lack of sensitivity to the environment of concern, such as placing a new metal gate similar to those used in the ditches or spreading gravel on the path down and along the banks of the pond.

As has been stated repeatedly to the City of Moratalla, the best approach here is to let it remain as it is, respect and learn to value it, without carrying out activities more typical of an urban park that are a waste of public money at a time which is much needed in many areas.

Caralluma and Ecologists in Action require administrations to comply with environmental legislation, and given the rating of this place as a Site of Community Importance (SCI) and Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) does not authorize actions may pose a negative impact as a place of high ecological value.

Source: Ecologistas en Acción

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