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Public debate begins on El Hierro’s Marine Park bid 

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The Cabildo of El Hierro has initiated an information campaign on the proposed declaration of a Marine National Park around the island.

It will include details of the environmental and socioe-conomic implications of the proposal before a final decision is made.

Cabildo president, Belén Allende said residents of the island would be the key to whether the declaration goes ahead or not so they needed to be fully informed.

The authority is therefore planning a series of talks and debates in eleven cultural centres across the island, as well as to children in schools.

The same will be done with the three local municipalities and an account will be set up on Facebook where there will be a link to all the documents relating to the idea.

The Cabildo has also pledged weekly bulletins to the press so that updates can be given by the various media outlets.

Since 2012, the island of El Hierro has been the subject of media attention and public opinion, on several occasions, because of the proposed declaration of a Marine National Park in its surrounding waters.

This proposal has finally materialised in the drafting of a proposal document prepared by the Autonomous National Parks Authority (under the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment).

The consultation period is expected to last for four months.