The Research Group ‘Multiscalar Geographical Analysis of Global Change’ of the Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography (CSIC), dependent on the Ministry of Science and Innovation of the central government, has signed the adhesion to the proposal of cataloging of the Sierra de Mijas-Alpujata as a Natural Park, As announced on Thursday by the Councilor for the Environment, Arancha López.
The councilor has assessed that this supposes “a new accolade for this project that for the Department of Environment in these last three years it has been a priority to work, so that get that cataloging and protection for our Sierra Mijas”.
López added that “I already we raise the Junta de Andalucía through a non-law proposal that was debated and we managed to get it approved unanimously, due to the importance of creating this figure in the municipality of Mijas”.
Thus, this project has two fundamental reasons for the declaration as a Natural Parkan environmental one for its richness in biodiversity, and other socio-economic for what it would mean for Mijas to have this place cataloged as such, which would unite a network of nature throughout the province of Malaga.
Added to this, the latest scientific report prepared by the CSIC, which provides one more reason to achieve it. “This document endorses this position and the need for development to be sustainableand for this it is essential that we protect the mountains and that we continue working until we achieve it”, explained López.
In this sense, the Sierra de Mijas-Alpujata, with an area of 29,000 hectares, would become the sixth protected area in the province of Malaga together with Los Montes, Sierra de las Nieves, Almijara, together with Granada and Los Arcornocales and Grazalema with Cádiz. “All this nature that we have in Mijas, together with the other eight municipalities that would be part of this project, requires us to continue working together to protect it, since the Sierra de Mijas-Alpujata deserves to be a Natural Park“, the mayor has concluded.