The counseling of Natural Environment and Safety of the Council of Tenerife, headed by Isabel García. At the beginning of the month, she launched a virtual tool, the TenerifeOn platform to serve as guide in 173 trails on the island, including those found in the 43 protected spaces. Counselor García values the citizen response to this resource as “spectacular”, which received more than 10,000 visits in its first week. She stresses that, among other benefits, it is intended to serve to order flows and demass certain areas in favor of others with less pressure. A factor that will alleviate the high number of rescues that must be faced each year in the mountains or other areas of the Island or warn about the misuse of nature. García recalls that “this product has generated great interest, by demonstrating all the possibilities it offers and the ease of use, even in areas where there is no coverage”. He adds that “this number of downloads shows the need that existed for having an aid of these characteristics, which facilitates visits to the natural environment both for sporadic visitors and other more specialized ones such as mountaineers or runners”.
The counselor appreciates a “highly participated” initiative in which “we have been working for two years with the consensus of cyclists, hikers, mountaineers, fans of 4×4 vehicles, active tourism companies or other groups.” He values the fact that the itineraries of the app include the Titsa bus lines that connect with them an anteroom, explains towards a more sustainable mobility in Tenerife, one of the problems of the Island”. The initiative “is made available to citizens to offer official, updated and rigorous information on the island’s natural areas. The platform aims to offer citizens a reliable service and encourage responsible use of the environment. “This product has generated great interest, by demonstrating all the possibilities it offers and the ease of use, even in areas where there is no mobile coverage” explained the counselor, who stressed that it will be used to “raise awareness, offer information to enjoy safe and responsible leisure and receive the feedback (the response) of the population. García concluded: “These are aspects that have contributed to generating so much unprecedented interest among citizens.”
Intuitive, navigable and adapted
Tenerife ON It is an intuitive platform, navigable and adapted to all people. Its app is available on the App Store, Google Play, and its online portal is accessible through the official website tenerifeon.es. It is also “customizable and secure.” Lists all maintained trails, horse trails, 4×4 and bike trails on the island. Its itinerary planner allows users to customize their tours based on distance or location on a map. Likewise, it allows you to download the routes to review them without coverage. Another of its great advantages is its alert system, which indicates possible incidents on each route, making outdoor leisure a safer activity. It is also a “sensitizing tool” with natural spaces. In turn, it collects all the available equipment, such as camping areas, visitor centers, recreational areas or camps; as well as all the relevant information on the 43 Protected Natural Areas of the Island. This, added to the advice and recommendations section, make Tenerife ON an educational platform, which aims to raise awareness among the population about environmental care and the responsible use of the spaces.