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Internationals join SOS Costa Brava conservation group

Organization fights to protect Catalonia’s northern coast from further housing development

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13 September 2021 11:36 AM

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ACN | Platja d'Aro

The conservationist struggle to protect Catalonia’s northern Costa Brava coast from further development projects has found dozens of new allies among foreigners residing in the area.

Most of them are retired European citizens, with many Germans but also French and British citizens, who live in seaside towns in the area, one of Spain’s main tourist destinations.

Around 50 of them have officially launched the international branch of the SOS Costa Brava group, a network of grassroots organizations fighting against the urbanization of the area.

  • "We can’t afford losing one more inch of nature"

    Eduard de Ribot · SOS Costa Brava

Last Sunday, a group of foreigners took part in a volunteer environmentalist activity organized by the group in Platja d’Aro, a tourism hotspot, to pick up rubbish near the mouth of the Ridaura river, while activists spoke to them of the organization’s efforts to protect the area with the help of an interpreter.

60 threatened areas

SOS Costa Brava, encompassing more than 20 conservationist groups, was born in 2018 and boasts having stopped the creation of 86 new housing development areas, accounting for around 15,000 new apartments and houses.

Eduard de Ribot, a spokesperson for SOS Costa Brava, says that the group has identified 60 different areas, including pine tree woodlands and forests, threatened by urban development.

"We can’t afford to lose one more inch of nature," de Ribot told the Catalan News Agency.

The conservationist platform urges town councils in the area to put all new building licenses on hold, saying they could do so "in 24 hours."

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  • Volunteers collecting rubbish in Platja d'Aro (by Aleix Freixas)

  • Volunteers collecting rubbish in Platja d'Aro (by Aleix Freixas)

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