Fuerteventura: Visits to Islote de Lobos National Park resume

2020/05/23 23:49:31 Written by Canarian Weekly Fuerteventura

The Fuerteventura City Council will reopen public access to the islet of Lobos that was suspended with the declaration of the state of alarm for the coronavirus, so that as of Monday, it will be possible to request a visit to the Natural Park, “although always respecting the access regulations and conservation of the space, which includes the need for a permit from the Ministry of the Environment, as was the case before the health crisis”.

Authorization for visits to the Islet can be requested from this Monday, May 25th, on the website of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura.
There are two visiting shifts from 10:00h to 14:00h, and from 14:00h to 18:00h.
The authorization is independent of the means of transport used to reach the islet, which must be managed by each visitor.

The use of public facilities will resume in the next few days, after being closed, “always with the new health conditions that the sanitary crisis establishes".

In this sense, the Cabildo de Fuerteventura recalls that "the general prevention and hygiene measures of the Covid-19 must be respected at all times, among which is the use of masks whenever it is not possible to maintain distances of at least two metre, and hand washing".

The staff of the island institution "have been working on the removal of waste along the entire coastline from the sea."

"During this period of confinement, while the movement of a large part of the population has been paralyzed, a large number of woods and plastics have continued to travel through the sea and have been dragged by the sea currents until reaching the Majorero coast and Lobos," said the Cabildo this Saturday.

Precisely the northern coastal strip of Fuerteventura "has become one of the hot spots for the collection of all kinds of waste", explained the Minister for the Environment, Marlene Figueroa.

The waste that humans dump into the sea, stressed the councillor, "becomes a serious problem that not only affects the marine environment and its biodiversity, but when they reach the coast they force continuous intervention on the shoreline."

Thus, although the removal of waste brought by the sea is one of the essential tasks of the Environment Council, "we must not forget the responsibility we have as citizens and as a species, since we generate more waste than the planet supports it, so it is in our power to reduce its use, recycle materials, and reuse as much as possible," she concluded.