Respites to Canary Island hotspots Gran Canaria and Tenerife now come with a advice for tourists. Holidaymakers who graffiti some of the protected sand dunes on Gran Canaria, Spain could clad jail time. From writing love hearts in the sand on the dunes to parcel out faces into rocks – environmentalists and police have had enough. The sand dunes on Gran Canaria – recognized as the Maspalomas Dune system – are protected by the Canarian government as a Nature Fund of special value.
Covering around 1,000 acres, the dunes are over one of the most important ecosystems of Gran Canaria.
However, the dunes are now onerously at risk due to the careless behaviour of some people.
Police had discovered stone companies, graffiti on stones, faces carved into rocks, huge basic natures drawn into the sand, carvings in the ground and giant crosses turned from volcanic stones.
Doing any of the above is punishable by a fine, but if offenders are caught they could face prison.
Another problem is volcanic outcrops being painted with red in order to signpost walks.
This is maintained to be done by foreign tour guides “because of their ignorance” and is expressly problematic as the paint is difficult to remove from the porous rock.
Greens have complained that some graffiti works – such as script in the sand – are so enormous they are visible from space and show up on Google Maps.
They assertion tourists are guilty and are creating the “art” in order to take selfies with them.
The campaigning sort Telesforo Bravo-Juan Coello Foundation have received photos and notes alerting experts to damage being caused – and are calling for tougher skirmish, reported The Sun.
The group are calling the behaviour ”abuse to the environment” and want to bourgeon sanctions and have more patrols.
Supporters of the foundation say visitors should be prone leaflets on the problem at the airport, or even be told of the issue on their winging before they land.
The island of Tenerife shares these concerns, and invoice in its protected parks, including around the Teide volcano, is being report in investigated to the police.
Perpetrators could be fined up to €600 (£525) and will have to pay the bring in of the restoration work.
The news comes as smaller Canary Island, Isla de Lobos, stabs to limit numbers and protect from overpopulation.
Anyone wishing to go needs to seek written permission three days in advance.
The holm’s council is enforcing a limit of no more than 400 people a day, organized into two lots of 200 maximum. A spokesman said: ”The aim is to guarantee the conservation of this unique space and natural park.”
Fuerteventura’s leaders compel ought to started a trial period of asking would-be visitors to register in lend and have even been given time slots to choose from.
Each company can only request permission for up to three people per day online and there are two perpetually slots of four hours each.
Anyone who tries to get on the island, which is only reached by sailing-boat, will be fined. There will be officials on the island to check person’s tickets.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.