Tuesday, September 21

Diputación and UA present the project of the Green Corridor of the Monnegre River that will link the Tibi dam with El Campello

The corridor will run for about 20 kilometers in length and 200 hectares of land and one of its objectives is the recovery of the tributary channel, uniting the We presa de with his mouth in El Campello.

Presentation of the project of the Green Corridor of the Monnegre River.

The Green Corridor of the Monnegre River will turn the river environment into a axis of sustainable mobility and economic traction. This has been stated by those responsible for the drafting and coordination of the plan, the director of the University Institute of Water and Environmental Sciences (IUACA), Joaquin Melgarejo, and the head of Water Technology from the provincial institution, Miguel Fernandez Mejuto, institutions that coordinate the implementation of the initial sketch.

During the act, in which the second vice president and deputy of Ciclo Hídrico also participated, Ana Serna, and the rector of the University of Alicante, Amparo Navarro, has been designed by the designers of the initiative three videos in which the transformation that this intervention will entail.

Presentation of the act of the project of the Green Corridor of the Monnegre River.

Vertebration of the region of l’Alacantí

Mazón has described the project as “ambitious”, while emphasizing that it is “one of the most backbone initiatives of the region of Alicante, that is born from a technical point of view, but also sentimental. “In this line, he has insisted that his reason for being is based” on the knowledge of the history of the area, on the landscape, on sustainability, on the signs identity and the use of water “.

The weir of Sant Joan.

The layout runs through six municipalities connected by tree-lined bike paths and trails, with springs, gullies, weirs, mills, hermitages, ditches and orchards in its path, with a common thread, water. It will have two different sections, one flat and affordable between the mouth and Mutxamel and another more demanding up to the dam.

They will request help from the EU

Mayors, councilors and technicians of the towns through which this itinerary will pass –You Xixona Alicante (Monnegre departure), Mutxamel, Sant Joan d’Alacant and El Campello-, as well as the provincial deputies Juan de Dios Navarro, Sebastian Canadas Y Javier Gutierrez, representatives of the Júcar Hydrographic Confederation, businessmen of the sector and farmers have wanted to cover the presentation of this unique proposal for which the Provincial Council and the institutions involved will request funding from the European Union, since it follows the approaches collected in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and in the EU Green Deal from generate sustainable economies and smart territories, as Joaquín Melgarejo has recalled.

In this regard, Mazón has pointed out that the search for financing part after doing a “good job in extraordinary coordination with the University of Alicante. In this second step of the marked roadmap we are going to need the Generalitat as the main manager of European funds and the best way for these funds to reach the province is by presenting serious projects like this one “.

Rector of the UA: it is a project of great maturity of tourism innovation

The rector of the University of Alicante, Amparo Navarro, has closed the day of presentation of the project. He highlighted that “it is a highly mature project of tourism innovation preceded by a work of enormous technical and scientific solvency whose final objective is the economic, social and environmental revitalization of the area”And has vindicated the“ institutional synergies ”that allow carrying out projects of interest to society and the environment like this one.

The rector has vindicated the importance of the transfer of knowledge that is generated in the university “in this case applied to the revitalization of an area of ​​great ecological and environmental value, but also, focused on the recovery of heritage” and has stressed “the great value of a proposal that has been able to amalgamate the knowledge of different research fields: geography, urbanism, water resources, heritage, history, environment, … to create a project that will undoubtedly serve to restore its splendor to a space so far degraded ”.

For its part, vice president Ana Serna has pointed out that this draft “is the expression of a desire to achieve an important transformation of the territory that should allow the recovery of its environmental and cultural values ​​and be, at the same time, an engine for the region of l’Alacantí, generating a new attractive nature, leisure and culture, both for tourists and residents “. The revitalization of the green corridor of the Monnegre River, as explained by the Deputy for Water Cycle, will be a milestone in the territorial development of this area and will contribute to reinforce the tourist axis from the coast to the interior.

The river Monnegre between the bridge of the N-332 and the mouth.

The itinerary starts from an enclave with an incalculable heritage value, the We presa de, more than 400 years in operation, and travel natural spaces of great beauty until reaching the beaches of El Campello. The enhancement of this corridor is coupled with the increase in leisure, nature and environmental culture offer and the demand of citizens for these spaces to improve their quality of life and their enjoyment.

The tourism innovation, the recovery of hydrological heritage, the new business opportunities, the expansion and generation of sustainable mobility spaces, for both pedestrians and cyclists, the environmental improvement that includes reforestation of native riverbank vegetation and the reduction of invasive species, the use of sustainable energies, as well as the creation of educational and training opportunities, with museum areas and geoparks, are some of the keys to this plan.

Tree regeneration

The project coordinator, Joaquín Melgarejo, director of the UA Institute for Water and Environmental Sciences (IUACA), explained that “the project is going to make a significant effort to regenerate trees and plants of all kinds from the mouth of the river to the Tibi dam ”on a route where you can find“ the weirs from El Campello, Sant Joan or Mutxamel, historical hydraulic infrastructures of our region or the treatment plant of Alicante North and the desalination plant de Mutxamel ”, elements that make the project also become“ an excellent resource for the training and outreach”.

Water and its infrastructures are the common thread of a project whose main objective is focused on “reinforcing economic activity in a manner consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals to generate a sustainable economy and smart territories”, explained Melgarejo in his speech. The initiative seeks to raise funds from the EU recovery plan around the NextGenerationEU funding program that Joaquín Melgarejo describes as “an investment opportunity to emerge stronger from the pandemic, transform our economy and generate job opportunities.”


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