The Estepona City Council informs that it will propose a motion to the Plenary of the Corporation, which will be held on September 30, in which it will be reiterated to the competent administrations that Sierra Bermeja is included in the Sierra de las Nieves National Park.

The mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, held a meeting yesterday with representatives of the Sierra Bermeja National Park Platform, who conveyed the importance of this natural enclave being included in the Sierra de las Nieves National Park. In this way, as they explain, Sierra Bermeja would enjoy the highest level of protection as a territory that houses exceptional natural values, among them, Spanish firs and serpentine ecosystems. At the same time, it could have more resources for its management, research and conservation.

In this sense, it should be remembered that the Plenary of the Corporation already transferred this proposal to the Junta de Andalucía in February 2018, within the actions that during these years have been carried out by the City Council to support the enhancement and dissemination from Sierra Bermeja.

In addition to this request, the councilor trusts that the central government will approve “as soon as possible” the declaration of Sierra Bermeja as a catastrophic area, after the fire that started last week. In this way, the necessary recovery process of this natural space would be favored and the municipalities and individuals affected by the fire could opt for financial aid as compensation for the damage suffered.

On the other hand, the government team is preparing the municipal budget for 2022, which will be submitted for approval in the September plenary session, and which will include a first economic item for the recovery of this natural enclave, which will be carried out following the roadmap set by experts and supra-municipal administrations.

Likewise, the Estepona City Council has created the municipal bank account ES68 3058 0782 7127 3281 4954 for those individuals or companies that want to collaborate with associated income for this purpose. This bank account will have transparency and public control and will avoid possible frauds around solidarity appeals derived from this event.

Finally, in the plenary session, recognition will be given to all the troops and bodies that have worked in the extinguishing device of this fire, for the effort to fight against this virulent fire. Likewise, the imposition, posthumously, of the medal of merit to the Infoca firefighter who died during the fire will be agreed.

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