Study reveals the Valencian Region has highest amount of coastline construction

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BARS; hotels; apartments; unregulated constructions; the coastline of the Valencia Region is the hardest hit by brick in Spain, being the autonomy with the highest percentage of construction.
A report by environmental organisation Greenpeace assessed the amount of development within the first 500 metres of coastline with Valencia having 51 per cent of construction.
The Region was followed by Catalonia (44 per cent) and Andalucia (26 per cent) as the worst conserved regions, whilst Asturias presented a more positive picture in terms of environmental conservation with just 9 per cent of the coastline being developed.
The report analysed a wide range of indicators that put Valencia with a score of 7.9, meaning the preservation of the coast is the lowest in the whole country. It did recognise the positive marine reserves however of Tabarca, the Columbretes and the Cabo de San Antonio.
The study also showed Valencia to have the lowest score in the management of agriculture, with 5.4.
The dependence on pesticides is the third highest and the presence of transgenic crops and the destruction of the garden because of urban growth are major factors that condemn the Valencian countryside.
The study’s authors highlighted the strong presence of social movements organised around environmental issues in Valencia, protesting against fracking, waste dumps and waste management.
Greenpeace said that 8 per cent of Valencian households cannot keep their home at a suitable temperature and 13 per cent spend more than 10 per cent of their income on energy.

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