About 1,800 people from Malaga participate in the routes along the Coastal Path organized by the Provincial Council and Aula del Mar to learn about the marine ecosystem of the Malaga coast.
The programme, which is aimed at both schoolchildren and the general public, runs until mid-November with 30 visits and five itineraries: the El Cantal cliffs in Rincón de la Victoria, the Calaburra Lighthouse in Mijas, the ecological reserve of the beaches of Manilva, the delta of the Vélez river and the lighthouse of the Torrox river.
This was reported by the fourth vice president and deputy for the Environment, Domestic Tourism and Climate Change, Cristóbal Ortega, who explained that training and environmental awareness actions are one of the axes of the Málaga Viva program and that in the budget of 17 million of euros that the Diputación allocates this year to the fight against climate change includes 150,000 euros for marine environmental dissemination and awareness programs by the Aula del Mar.
«These are –he assured– activities that are highly demanded and very well received by the public; Proof of this is that the places offered for these routes along the Coastal Path have been covered in a very short time, despite being the first edition of the programme, so new editions are expected to be organized».
In this activity, participants can learn about the natural heritage of the visited area, observe the marine fauna and flora and learn about the threats that endanger this ecosystem, such as climate change, pollution or invasive species. Along the route, participants are encouraged to carry out a symbolic cleaning by collecting the waste they find.
More than 1,500 schoolchildren between the ages of nine and 14 from twenty schools participate in the routes that have begun this week and will continue until November 14. There are, in total, 25 visits made by schoolchildren from 15 Malaga municipalities: Ardales, Benamargosa, Colmenar, Cártama, Manilva, Antequera, Cómpeta, Casabermeja, Torrox, Riogordo, Fuengirola, Estepona, Nerja, Mijas and Malaga city.
There are five routes open to the general public –from individuals to social groups, entities and companies–, one for each itinerary, and each of them has more than 50 seats –a full bus–, so more than 250 people participate in them.
A hundred have already walked the cliffs of El Cantal and the Calaburra Lighthouse in September, and the activities continue tomorrow, Saturday, the 8th, in the ecological reserve of the Manilva beaches, located between Arroyo Martagina and Playa Paraíso. The next appointment will be on October 22 in the Vélez river delta, and the activity will conclude on November 12 in the section between the Torrox river lighthouse and the end of the beach.
For round trips, the Provincial Council provides participants with a bus that leaves from the headquarters of the provincial entity on Calle Pacífico and returns to the same point.