Tenerife It has 43 areas with high risk of flooding, 8 in the ravines of the Island and another 35 in coastal areas.. This is established in the new Risk Management Plan (PGRI) initially approved by the Government of the Canary Islands valid for the period 2021-2027. There are ten more zones than in the previous document. The Plan foresees investments in these points amounting to 67.7 million euros. The Ministry of Ecological Transition announced on Monday the approval of the environmental declaration of this Plan and the Hydrological Plan. The municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife heads the list of municipalities with the most points affected by runoff on the Island as well as the compensation from the Insurance Consortium from 1994 to 2017.
Ravines and coastal areas. There are eight risk areas in ravines, distributed throughout the Island. From Santos, in Santa Cruz-La Laguna, to Torviscas, in the south, or those of San Felipe (Puerto de la Cruz) and San Juan (Tacoronte) in the north. Regarding the danger zones of coastal origin, they are also distributed throughout the entire Tenerife geography. It is worth noting that of San Andrés-Barranco de las Huertas and Roque de las Bodegas in Santa Cruz, La Punta del Hidalgo (The lagoon), El Puertito de Güímar, El Médano (Granadilla de Abona) or Palm-Mar (Arona), where severe flooding occurred just a year ago, at the end of January 2022. The document also reveals that in the period 1994-2017 (last referenced year), the indemnities paid as compensation for the floods from the Insurance Consortium of the Autonomous Community amounted to 91,652,789 euros in the province of Tenerife. Of the 67.7 million of the investment to undertake, 63.7 correspond to the so-called fluvial-rainy areas (ravines). It is the responsibility of the Insular Water Council (CIATF), while four million, destined for the restoration of the coastal strip, must be provided by the General Sub-directorate for the Protection of the Coast of the Government of Spain.
We shelve a procedure for which the Canary Islands received a sentence from Europe
Santa Cruz, in the lead. On the island of Tenerife the most affected points were in this same period Santa Cruz of Tenerife (212 incidents), with special mention to the neighborhood of San Andrés (63), Costa Adeje (70) and Costanera, in El Rosario (69). Regarding the total cost of these events amounted to 2,418,200 euros in the capital’s municipality, 417,900 in the area of the Adejero coast and 290,520 in the rosariera crust area.
Hydrological Plan. There are four areas in which the environmental objectives of the Hydrological Plan are established: surface water, groundwater, protected areas and “artificial and highly modified” masses such as ponds. In all cases, the intention is to prevent the deterioration of the state of the water masses, eliminate or reduce contamination by dangerous substances, comply with the protection regulations applicable in a certain area, as well as achieve a good ecological potential and an optimal chemical state. of the water masses.
Statements. The Department of Ecological Transition of the Government of Canary Islands announced on Monday the approval of the Strategic Environmental Declaration of the Hydrological Plan and the Flood Risk Management Plan of Tenerife. This step supposes the provisional approval of the documents for their definitive validation in the Governing Council.
The Area Counselor, Jose Antonio ValbuenaRemember that this is the third plan approved in this cycle after those of La Gomera and El Hierro. “One of the great milestones in this legislature has been the approval of all the Flood Risk Management Plans”, he values. Valbuena concludes: “With this procedure we shelve a procedure for which the Canary Islands were sentenced for breaching European Directive 2007/60, which required these documents to be prepared and approved in December 2015.”