SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, July 18 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Council of Ministers, at its meeting today and at the proposal of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma), has authorized a Royal Decree approving a subsidy, through the National Geographic Institute (IGN), of 3 million euros to the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) to collaborate in the deployment of a CO2 monitoring network on the island of La Palma.
Within the Special Plan for the social and economic recovery of La Palma launched by the Government of Spain, this budget item was assigned to the IGN to implement a network for monitoring, measuring and controlling CO2 emissions of volcanic origin in Puerto Naos and La Bombilla, nuclei that continue to be evacuated more than a year after the eruption ended as a result of the aforementioned emission of toxic gases. In this way, this network will provide data to help the competent authorities decide whether or not there are habitable conditions.
This item will be executed jointly by the IGN and by Involcan, covering the period 2023-2026, since they are the only entities with experience in managing instrumental networks in real time for volcanic monitoring in the Canary Islands.
The Royal Decree, approved today by the Council of Ministers, will make it possible to assign a subsidy of 1.5 million euros from the total budget to Involcan, for the fulfillment of the responsibilities acquired in this joint project.
The IGN, in coordination with Involcan, has already begun the actions for the implementation of this surveillance infrastructure, in such a way that the sum of the work carried out by both, reinforced by this subsidy, will enable the implementation of this unique infrastructure. .