The Dunes of Maspalomas, on the island of Gran Canarias, They are a special nature reserve and are located protected. Together with the rest of the tourist places of that Spanish archipelago, it is a point of attraction for tourists from all over the world, but especially those from northern Europe, attracted by the sun and the good weather all year round.
Especially that beach, located in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, in the south of the island of Gran Canaria, is dedicated to water sports such as surfing, since there are ideal waves when giving the Atlantic Ocean, and it is possible to enjoy sea baths in a warm area. But it is also a area known because it is often used for outdoor sexual encounters.
A recent report published by the Reuters agency revealed that this practice in a rugged sector is generating problems in the ecosystem from the Dunes of Maspalomas.
The authorities of the autonomous community and the national government deploy actions to care for this natural reserve of mobile dunes of this emblematic tourist site, located in front of Morocco and the territory of Western Sahara.
The Reuters study addressed about 300 points of sexual encounters and affected vegetation zones were detected in the dunes and in 10 plant species, including three endemic to dune areas.
The area has been affected in several dimensions, since the damage to the vegetation is transferred to the animals and, especially to the reptiles, particularly in the lizards and plants typical of this island.
The The study is not positioned against these manifestations of sexuality, but rather the responsibility of walkers not to cause damage to this unique natural area. And the need to raise awareness around avoiding leaving waste scattered and cutting vegetation.
The report considered that around the 15% of tourists are men who spend their holidays in gay friendly beach resorts and also to lesbian women and heterosexual swinger couples. So this practice is not limited to just one type of audience.
The area has been affected by highly polluting waste such as cigarette butts, condoms, among other wastes.. In addition, bushes have been removed to create more sheltered spaces that provide greater privacy for these encounters. Soil compaction to form paths leading to these spaces was also detected.
According to the report, other areas were detected, one known as “The little Sahara”, although it is not the most sought after for sexual encounters, since it does not have vegetation. While, the construction of hotels in the area has affected the movement of the dunes and created vegetation in new areas.
Rare plants are the first to disappear, so that affects the connectivity of animals. This means that, for example, a lizard would have to run from one vegetated patch to another, exposing itself more to predators. From these scenarios, the ecosystem begins to fragment into isolated islands, which can eventually destabilize the ecosystem as a whole, the report indicated.
Europe has almost wiped out these semi-vegetated sandy ecosystems, due to massive development along its coasts since the 1970s, which is why this Spanish territory is of vital relevance.
The existence of projects that seek the protection of the dunes, such as Masdunas, have carried out cleaning and removal of dead plant matter as waste.
According to the same report, the issue has not gone unnoticed by resort owners who are analyzing the impact of cruising with their guests, the Reuters report noted.