The natural environment of Guardamar del Segura, Santa Pola and the hamlet of La Marina will benefit from an investment of 1,352,000 euros from the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change for the restoration of the dunes and the pine forest.
The tender documentation is due to be completed on March 27, and the work will be carried out over a period of 39 months, extending also to the other two municipal boundaries and covering a distance of 13 kilometres.
The Councillor for the Environment in Guardamar, Silvestre García, said that the project includes the planting of 95,473 specimens of 34 different specimens under the cover of pines, which are more resistant to drought and adaptable to the sandy soils of the dunes.
The action also includes the removal of dead or declining pines to stop the development of forest pests and prevent sick trees from being the retreat of pests, and thereby being one more cause of deterioration of the pine forest that make up the lungs of Guardamar.
One other measure of the environmental project will be the removal of 33 species of invasive alien plants that “interfere with the structure and development of indigenous plant communities,” said the councillor.