The Canary Islands’ sand dunes are severely damaged as a result of tourists’ filthy rule violation.
With their raucous rule breaking, tourists are causing environmental damage to sand dune habitats in the Canary Islands. According to a new study, tourists’ actions have harmed the destination’s dunes.
The impact of various tourist activities on sand dunes was investigated in a study conducted by the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Flinders University. The study focused on the Dunas de Maspalomas Special Nature Reserve on Gran Canaria’s island.
According to the study, tourists participating in outdoor activities, such as al fresco sex, had a negative influence on several significant dune habitats.
Ten plant species were discovered to have been harmed by humans having outdoor sex in the dunes, according to the study.
Eight of the species are unique to the Canary Islands, while three are endemic to a specific type of sand dune.
‘Sand, Sun, Sea, and Sex with Strangers, the Five S’s’ was the title of a research that looked into numerous activities and their environmental impacts on a protected coastal dunefield.
“The larger the sex spot, the higher the number of people who used it, the greater the possibility of it being a low-lying place covered by plants, and the larger the amount of waste,” according to the study.
“No matter what the human activity, major coastal tourism destinations need to regularly monitor ecology and erosion trends,” said Patrick Hesp of Flinders University.
The study also discovered that the garbage generated by these activities was having a negative influence on the ecosystem.
The researchers stated that the study was not designed to single out or criticize any one group.
The 400 hectares of sand dunes and lagoons that make up the Dunas de Maspalomas Special Nature Reserve are unique.
Getting off the prescribed trails in the dunes, according to local news reports, can result in a fine.
For small offenses, tourists can be fined between €150 (£128) and €600 (£513), but significant offenses can result in a punishment of €600,000 (£513,396).
As part of the park’s environmental safeguards, visitors must keep to the eight kilometers of laid out routes within the dunes.
This means that actions such as wandering across the dunes, surfing down the dunes, and sunbathing can all result in a fine.
A crew of six caretakers and a police patrol are in charge of enforcing the fines.
Tourist activities has caused so much damage that authorities are now transporting sand from the beach back to the dunes. “Brinkwire News Summary.”