The demonstrations against the planned luxury tourist complex in Puertito Adeje have continued throughout this weekend. This Saturday a large assembly took place at this point where several environmental platforms, neighbors and neighbors from different parts of Tenerife and other islands have requested the stoppage of this project. The objective of the call was to show “the refusal of the population of Tenerife to carry out this work with which they intend to continue depredating every last centimeter of soil in the south.”
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Environmental platforms such as Salvar la Tejita (which has led the fight for the paralysis of another hotel on the emblematic La Tejita beach), Salvar Chira Soria, Ben Magec-Ecologistas en Acción or the Tenerife Association of Friends of Nature (ATAN), among others.
This weekend has also begun a collection of signatures that It already concentrates more than 14,000 with the aim of paralyzing this project. “Deny permits to build the “Cuna del Alma” tourism macro-project in the southwest of Tenerife (Canary Islands), given that it would threaten species and community habitats present on the land where the project is to be carried out, as well as in the adjoining Special Conservation Area (ZEC) ”Franja Marina Teno-Rasca“, thus breaching article 6.3 of Directive 92/43/CEE”, says the petition.
The macroproject bears the name of Cuna del Alma and aims to occupy 437,000 square meters of land with the construction of 420 luxury residences, a hotel, swimming pools, restaurant and other buildings that will be built very close to the Caleta de Adeje Protected Natural Area, declared a Site of Scientific Interest due to its landscape relevance and the flora and fauna that live there.
The collection of signatures of the movement You move Europea (YouMoveEurope) intends to address this discomfort and the risks of the project to the European Parliament and the General Directorate for the Environment of the European Commission, the Government of the Canary Islands and the City Council of Adeje. In the text they point out that “the main attraction of this natural jewel is the fact that the hotel industry has not yet put a hand in the place, the last traditional coastal nucleus of the southwest of Tenerife”.
In addition, the construction of this complex, located in a ravine with high-value plant and geological formations, “would end up completely cornering a natural space that in recent decades has been surrounded by the advance of urbanization.”
The initiative highlights that this paradise “is frequented and appreciated by both the resident population and the visitor, who come precisely to this place to be able to enjoy what has been taken from us in the rest of the south of Tenerife, a coast free of crowds. This project will destroy the soul of the place, more than a cradle it will be its grave”.
They also insist that Tenerife already has a first-class hotel infrastructure to supply the necessary tourists. For this reason, they claim the need to diversify the island’s economy and “not condemn the few places that can be visited in terms of nature, in order to offer more of the same, reducing our uniqueness and diversity compared to other world tourist destinations.”