Those looking to buy villas in Estepona could soon find that they have a new national park on their doorstep, at least if certain campaigners get their way.
As reported by The Olive Press, a petition has been launched for the Sierra Bermeja mountain range to be granted national park status jointly with neighbouring Sierra de las Nieves in Ronda. More than 13,500 people have already put their name to the Change.org campaign, after the proposition lodged by the Junta to only give this status to the latter park.
Campaigners “heartened” by support
National park status has been urged for Sierra Bermeja by a group of eco-campaigners and academics under the Sierra Bermeja Parque Nacional banner.
They have argued that the protection and conservation measures offered by such a status are more urgently required for Sierra Bermeja on account of its diverse ecosystem, with the mountain range being the only place in the world where pinsapo (fir) trees grow on red peridotita rocks.
The decision was made to support a joint rather than singular mountain range bid, due to the campaigners’ belief that this would increase the likelihood of success for Sierra Bermeja.
Sierra Bermeja Parque Nacional campaigner Maribel Marin said that the group was “heartened by the amount of signatures we already have as it highlights the importance of this mountain to the people.
“But we want to encourage everyone to sign it to really show to the officials the amount of support for our campaign.
“At the moment Sierra Bermeja only has parque natural status, which we do not believe affords it adequate protection against risks such as fires.
“It would be tragic if we lost a unique habitat forever due to a lack of this.”
Winkworth will work with you in search of your next Estepona home
With campaigners set to send the petition to both the Junta and Spain’s National Park Organisation – which is responsible for deciding which areas are granted the special status – this is a developing story in which we are sure we will continue to take great interest here at Winkworth.
In the meantime, if you are among the many that would like to buy villas in Estepona, why not browse the properties that we are presently advertising for sale here at Winkworth, or get in touch with our team directly for further assistance in finding the right Costa del Sol property for you?