Colectivo Ornitológico Cigüeña Negra

Huerta de Las Pilas Lagoon
and neighbouring water
springs of San Bernabé
Algeciras
(...
GIBRALTAR
ALGECIRAS

HUERTA DE LAS PILAS LAGOON
Migratory bird
crossing point
MINING
AREA
Gibraltar
Algeciras

1

2
3

Mining areas
Nuevo Mirador Stadium

1

2

Lagoon

3
Residential area

Huerta de las Pilas Lagoon

1

Mining area in the eighties.

After the watertable emerged, the hole was ...
Nuevo Mirador Stadium

1

2

Lagoon

3
2SECOND EXTRACTION: today, Lagoon Huerta de las Pilas
Nuevo Mirador Stadium

1

2

Lagoon

3
3

THIRD MINERAL EXTRACTION:
ATTEMPT TO STOP WATER SPRINGS
¿ANOTHER URBANIZATION PROJECT AT AN
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE?
AQUIFER SYSTEM PALMONES- GUADARRANQUE

GIBRALTAR

ALLUVIAL AQUIFER OF
BOTAFUEGOS
GROUNDWATER POLLUTION HAZARD

Huerta de Las Pilas Lagoon
SE

NW

Sand and sandy biolimestone
Sandstone

Groundwater
1

Quarry in the 80’s:
The new lagoon disappeared
when the area was backfilled
Huerta de Las Pilas Lagoon

x

EIA (Environ...
IMAGE
Date: 30th JUNE 2003

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT:

5th JULY 2003

MINERAL EXTRACTION¿CUT-AND-FILL WITH SIMULTANE...
2
0
0
8
FAPACSA REPORTS THESE FACTS TO THE EUROPEAN
COMISSION BUT WITH NO RESULT
FOR YEARS, THE LAGOON WAS USED AS A CLANDESTINE RUBBISH
DUMP, WHICH INCREASED THE RISK OF GROUNDWATER POLLUTION
ALBERO DE LA BAHÍA TRIED TO LEGALISE THIS SITUATION BY WRITING OUT
A PRE-PROJECT TO LOCATE A RUBBISH DUMP IN THE AREA

JAN...
MARCH 2011 THE EUROPEAN
COMISSION DID NOT ANSWER
OUR QUESTION
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF SPANISH AUTHORITIES?
TO FILL THE LAGOON
TO BUILD A NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
TODAY THE URBANIZATION IS PARALYSED

THANKS TO CITIZEN PRESSURE

BUT THE AREA STILL LACKS OFICIAL PROTECTION
D
RTE
O
REP

1. Ombudsman
2. Spanish Department for Environment
3. Municipality of Algeciras
4. Economy, Innovation and Sc...
Oficial institutions pass the buck to one another.
Also, they are constantly changing names,
which definately confuses the...
Europe

Spain
2013

ALBERO DE LA BAHIA (DEVELOPER)

WANTS TO MODIFY THE RESTORATION PLAN IMPOSED BY

AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT O...
2013
THE EUROPEAN COMISSION HAS DRAWN THE CONCLUSION
THAT THERE IS NO BREACH OF THE PROJECT

¿WHY, THEN, AREN’T WE GIVEN T...
This is the policy…

Developer

Citizens

Environment
THERE ARE NO SAFETY MEASURES
THERE NEVER WAS SUCH A
THING AS AN AIR QUALITY
CONTROL SYSTEM:
2013

DUMPING
WAS NEVER
CONTROLLED
HUNDREDS OF NATIVE TREES WERE

CUT DOWN
AND
NOT EVEN ONE WAS PLANTED
“WATER IS LIFE”?

YES,
BUT NOT IN THE
STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR
SINCE 1988
¡Be careful!
Irresponsible people
working
THE EUROPEAN COMISSION OMITS OUR COMPLAINT ABOUT THE INFRACTION
OF AARHUS CONVENTION, DIRECTIVE 2000/60/CE AND DIRECTIVE 2...
.

Water is a human right

THE STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR IS ONE OF THE
MOST IMPORTANT BIRD MIGRATION CORRIDORS
IN THE WORLD. BIR...
SOS Coastal Wetlands in the area of the Strait of Gibraltar
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  1. 1. Colectivo Ornitológico Cigüeña Negra Huerta de Las Pilas Lagoon and neighbouring water springs of San Bernabé Algeciras (Strait of Gibraltar)
  2. 2. GIBRALTAR ALGECIRAS HUERTA DE LAS PILAS LAGOON
  3. 3. Migratory bird crossing point
  4. 4. MINING AREA
  5. 5. Gibraltar Algeciras 1 2 3 Mining areas
  6. 6. Nuevo Mirador Stadium 1 2 Lagoon 3
  7. 7. Residential area Huerta de las Pilas Lagoon 1 Mining area in the eighties. After the watertable emerged, the hole was back filled and covered. Today, the residential area of Huerta de las Pilas takes up this area.
  8. 8. Nuevo Mirador Stadium 1 2 Lagoon 3
  9. 9. 2SECOND EXTRACTION: today, Lagoon Huerta de las Pilas
  10. 10. Nuevo Mirador Stadium 1 2 Lagoon 3
  11. 11. 3 THIRD MINERAL EXTRACTION: ATTEMPT TO STOP WATER SPRINGS
  12. 12. ¿ANOTHER URBANIZATION PROJECT AT AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE?
  13. 13. AQUIFER SYSTEM PALMONES- GUADARRANQUE GIBRALTAR ALLUVIAL AQUIFER OF BOTAFUEGOS
  14. 14. GROUNDWATER POLLUTION HAZARD Huerta de Las Pilas Lagoon SE NW Sand and sandy biolimestone Sandstone Groundwater
  15. 15. 1 Quarry in the 80’s: The new lagoon disappeared when the area was backfilled Huerta de Las Pilas Lagoon x EIA (Environmental EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Impact Assessment) Directive 85/337/CEE Directive 85/337/CEE 2 Environmental Impact Environmental Impact Statement 2003 Statement 2003 ¡¡¡there has been a lagoon ¡¡¡there has been a lagoon in the area since 2002!!! in the area since 2002!!! Attempt to stop water springs 3 x EIA (Environmental EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Impact Assessment) Directive 85/337/CEE Directive 85/337/CEE ACTIVITY: ACTIVITY: MINING MINING
  16. 16. IMAGE Date: 30th JUNE 2003 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT: 5th JULY 2003 MINERAL EXTRACTION¿CUT-AND-FILL WITH SIMULTANEOUS RESTORATION?
  17. 17. 2 0 0 8 FAPACSA REPORTS THESE FACTS TO THE EUROPEAN COMISSION BUT WITH NO RESULT
  18. 18. FOR YEARS, THE LAGOON WAS USED AS A CLANDESTINE RUBBISH DUMP, WHICH INCREASED THE RISK OF GROUNDWATER POLLUTION
  19. 19. ALBERO DE LA BAHÍA TRIED TO LEGALISE THIS SITUATION BY WRITING OUT A PRE-PROJECT TO LOCATE A RUBBISH DUMP IN THE AREA JANUARY 2011 2
  20. 20. MARCH 2011 THE EUROPEAN COMISSION DID NOT ANSWER OUR QUESTION
  21. 21. WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF SPANISH AUTHORITIES? TO FILL THE LAGOON TO BUILD A NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
  22. 22. TODAY THE URBANIZATION IS PARALYSED THANKS TO CITIZEN PRESSURE BUT THE AREA STILL LACKS OFICIAL PROTECTION
  23. 23. D RTE O REP 1. Ombudsman 2. Spanish Department for Environment 3. Municipality of Algeciras 4. Economy, Innovation and Science Andalusian Council 5. Environment Andalusian Council 6. Andalusian Water Agency - 7. ENVIRONMENTAL PROSECUTION SERVICE ALGECIRAS FILED AWAY
  24. 24. Oficial institutions pass the buck to one another. Also, they are constantly changing names, which definately confuses the citizens.
  25. 25. Europe Spain
  26. 26. 2013 ALBERO DE LA BAHIA (DEVELOPER) WANTS TO MODIFY THE RESTORATION PLAN IMPOSED BY AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT OF 2003, WHICH WAS NEVER CARRIED OUT AND WHICH EXPIRED IN 2010 ?????????????????
  27. 27. 2013 THE EUROPEAN COMISSION HAS DRAWN THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE IS NO BREACH OF THE PROJECT ¿WHY, THEN, AREN’T WE GIVEN THE REQUESTED INFORMATION ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING PROGRAM? WE THINK IT IS BECAUSE IT DOESN’T EXIST BECAUSE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMMENT WAS PASSED A POSTERIORI, WHEN THE EXTRACTION HAD ALREADY STARTED AND THE LAGOON HAD ALREADY APPEARED…
  28. 28. This is the policy… Developer Citizens Environment
  29. 29. THERE ARE NO SAFETY MEASURES
  30. 30. THERE NEVER WAS SUCH A THING AS AN AIR QUALITY CONTROL SYSTEM:
  31. 31. 2013 DUMPING WAS NEVER CONTROLLED
  32. 32. HUNDREDS OF NATIVE TREES WERE CUT DOWN AND NOT EVEN ONE WAS PLANTED
  33. 33. “WATER IS LIFE”? YES, BUT NOT IN THE STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR
  34. 34. SINCE 1988 ¡Be careful! Irresponsible people working
  35. 35. THE EUROPEAN COMISSION OMITS OUR COMPLAINT ABOUT THE INFRACTION OF AARHUS CONVENTION, DIRECTIVE 2000/60/CE AND DIRECTIVE 2004/35/CE. THE COMISSION ONLY MENTIONS DIRECTIVE 92/43/CEE, WHICH IS ALSO BEING VIOLATED AS THE MINING AREAS ARE ADJACENT TO NATURA 2000 SITES. LAGOON
  36. 36. . Water is a human right THE STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BIRD MIGRATION CORRIDORS IN THE WORLD. BIRDS, LIKE US, NEED WATER -NOT CONCRETE - TO SURVIVE. WE INVITE ALL EURODEPUTIES AND MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN COMISSION TO VISITE THE STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR TO CHECK BY THEMSELVES THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE AFFECTING BOTH CITIZENS AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN SUCH A GLOBAL WAY.
  37. 37. SOS Coastal Wetlands in the area of the Strait of Gibraltar

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