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Protecting Majorca's Natural Beauty

Apr 3 2013 12:00AM



LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 04/03/13 -- In an effort to protect Majorca's breath-taking beauty and its unspoilt landscape from the construction of various projects, Grup Balear d'Ornitologia i Defensa de la Naturalesa - Balearic Group for Ornithology and Natural Protection (GOB) has launched "Blackout Mallorca". The campaign raises awareness around the proposed construction of a shopping complex in Ses Fontanelles near Palma on Mallorca's last remaining wetlands, and the urbanization of the Serra Tramuntana-two projects that were recently announced by the Partido Popular Government in hopes of stimulating the economy and creating jobs for the local communities.

The GOB wants to protect the island's natural splendor and is worried that in addition to the proposed construction, the import and incineration of waste from the mainland and lenient protection of S'Albufera will likely cause irreversible damage to the area. Majorcan artist Miquel Barcelo has even created a video in support of the campaign showing the island covered in drops of black paint that is meant to represent the destruction that, according to the GOB, may occur as a result of the proposed projects.

The island is renowned for its beauty and unspoilt landscape and thousands of tourists flock to the area to indulge in Majorca holidays each year. The island's beaches are considered some of the best in Europe and although they attract crowds, especially in the summer months, there are still many areas that are hidden gems waiting to be discovered and explored.

In addition to popular beaches, Majorca's varied landscape also includes gorgeous mountains, wetlands and charming villages-all worth a visit when you book one of the cheap holidays on offer from Cosmos.

In the northwest of Mallorca, off the coast road south of Port d'Alcudia, is home to the S'Albufera wetlands and protected nature reserve, ideal for bird watching. Over 230 species-80 per cent of all birdlife known in the Balearics-have been sighted here. Parallel to the northwestern coast of Majorca, the Serra Tramuntana was listed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011 and has been preserved as an important nature reserve with diverse plant and animal species.

Only time will tell if and how urbanization and construction might change the island and its natural beauty.

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Robert Foulkes

Source: Marketwire

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