Sustainability celebrates the World Environment Cup in the Sierra de los Filabres

The Delegation of Sustainability, Environment and Blue Economy of the Government of Andalusia has commemorated World Environment Day in one of the most unique natural enclaves of Almería: the summit of the Sierra de los Filabres. More than 80 employees of the Junta de Andalucía have visited Calar Alto, where they have carried out an activity with “Azimuth”, the company that manages visits to the Hispanic Astronomical Center in Andalusia.

The Sustainability delegate, Manuel de la Torre, explained that “it has been a day of coexistence between the staff of the Delegation and the Amaya Agency, as well as some friends from other delegations and the Autonomous Police Unit who have had “the kindness of accompanying us.” “We have been able to see the Calar Alto Astronomical Observatory, in whose management the Junta de Andalucía has participated since 2019, and the public mountains that surround it”

De la Torre recalled how “since 1955, the forest administration undertook hydrological-forest restoration work in this mountain range that involved the acquisition and reforestation of almost 40,000 hectares over three decades.” At the beginning, the work began with the purpose of protecting the basin of the Cuevas del Almanzora reservoir, but starting in 1970, with the proposal to install the astronomical observatory in Calar Alto, this hydrological protective objective was added to that of protecting the location of the light pollution observatory, guaranteeing a radius of public land that was also repopulated. “Calar Alto is a perfect symbiosis between research and the environment,” concludes the delegate.

“Those private farms, mostly former marginal and abandoned agricultural lands, that the administration acquires and restores, are today these public forests that we have visited: El Huertezuelo, El Chortal, El Conde, Arroyo Berruga… 40,000 hectares of heritage forest lands of all Andalusians, almost 5% of the surface of our province, which provide immense protective, ecological functions in protecting the soil against erosion, in regulating the water regime, favoring the recharge of aquifers and reducing the runoff and therefore the effects of torrential rains on inhabited areas, or the conservation of habitats and biodiversity.” 

For the delegate, “our obligation is to continue working to guarantee its conservation and the evolution of its vegetation towards mixed pine and hardwood formations, which is what the Andalusian Forest Plan foresees.” From the Junta de Andalucía “we only help the process be faster through silvicultural treatments, such as the four projects that we currently have underway in our province on 1,300 hectares of forests, with a budget of almost 3 million euros.”

De la Torre has shown his recognition on World Environment Day to the employees of the Territorial Delegation of Sustainability: “exemplary public servants: administrative staff, environmental agents, technicians… also the colleagues from the regional police with whom we collaborate. ” “All of them, with their commitment and daily work, contribute to the protection of the environment of Almería, a province with an immense natural heritage.” 

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