Scientists called in to help save Marbella’s beaches

SAND DUNES: Councillor Miguel Diaz inspects the dunes for himself.

SCIENTISTS and top council leaders marched down to Marbella’s beaches to carry out studies on what protective mechanisms are needed to safeguard the famous but vulnerable sand dunes of Real Zaragoza and Arenal.

Sustainability chief Miguel Diaz led the delegation and declared the deep damage caused by recent storms the undeniable effects of climate change.

“This is something that never happened before” said the councillor, before pledging to take a look at damage near Las Chapas too.

Diaz mentioned the possibility of creating artificial reefs to prevent the catastrophic loss of sand during future storms, which are certain to only get wilder.

The idea has previously been championed by local environmental groups dedicated to saving the iconic dunes.

Artificial reefs could also help develop an even stronger and more vibrant underwater ecosystem.

This would in turn attract more tourists and help Marbella Council demand more national funds to preserve the area as a site of natural and touristic interest.

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    • Roy Peters

      04 May 2017 • 19:19

      The obvious answer is to put concrete pillars beneath the waves maybe a hundred metres offshore. This will break the force of the waves and save the sand on the beaches. Once again here in Marbella they are placing tons of sand on the beaches to repair that which has been washed away.


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