Development behind increased erosion, study says

A NEW study has revealed that development over the last 50 years has put the Costa del Sol at increased risk of flooding and erosion.

Antonio Gallegos, a Geography professor from the University of Malaga, coordinated the study by Ambienta Consultores which compared current data to that drawn from American military aerial photos of the area taken in 1957 and gave worrying results.

An extra one and a half tonnes of ground is lost per year to erosion compared to 50 years ago and flood-risks are higher, due to the massive changes the landscape has suffered during the tourism and property boom.

Malaga coast is “one of the most dynamic and productive in Europe, but also one of the most likely to suffer from natural risks,” Gallegos said.

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