Involcan needs more cash aid
A body on Tenerife which plays a vital role in monitoring and predicting volcanic activity may be in danger of extinction itself. Tenerife Cabildo, which gives 240,000 euros to the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands, says it is “discouraged” that no other cash aid is given. It says it will continue to give the grant aid “as long as it can” because it values the work of Involcan.
The body played a major part in helping out with the seismic activity on El Hierro last summer but has been critical of the role played by the National Geograpic Institute.
Cabildo president, Ricardo Melchior said the Canary Parliament encouraged the autonomous and central governments to get involved in volcanic research and monitoring but the money was not forthcoming. He said Tenerife was in a volcanic area and they had a duty to have the most updated data and to be prepared to act as quickly as possible against any potential risk.