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Euro Fauna Project
30 / 08 / 2018
Proposal to reconvert the conservation of nature in exchange of self–management
Letter to the Government of Spain:
“We ask to reduce our budget”
A leading group of veteran nature advocates ask the Government of Spain to promoting a productive rural economy that makes the wildlife profitable with international teleworkers, naturalists and officials reconverted to autonomous that self–manage protected natural spaces in exchange of reduce public spending on nature protection.
Rural abandonment increases. Young people want to live in cities and have modern professions. Subsidizing livestock and rural activity in marginal areas instead of slowing down the process accelerates it. On the other hand, financing the breeding of select meats with public money is subsidizing, with money of the taxpayer who consumes the cheap, the shopping basket of others with higher purchasing power. For more confusion, traditional agricultural production is incompatible with the expansion of the wild. Many grant recipients for maintaining the biodiversity of marginal areas ask that part of it be withdrawed. It is necessary to meditate what to do with the 25 million hectares of the wild and remote territory of Europe in Spain, whose food production does not compete in price with the other half of Spain, dedicated to industrial agriculture, human settlements and infrastructure.
Between 1969 and 1989 the citizens forced the Public Administration to conserve nature in Spain. The answer was to give monopoly of wildlife management to officials in charge of the taxpayer. But now, conservation budget has been cutted for years. The signatories of this petition ask for legislative changes that allow locating in the rural environment an autonomous social tissue that makes profitable the expansion of the wild. A change of approach that reduces the expense of conserving nature, while increasing its effectiveness and sustainability.
The recovery of European wildlife is the cause that is offered to attract thousands of conservationists from all over the world, who can telework, to Spain. The key is that they continue their current professional activity working online and living nomadically in cabins to rent from a network of villages in protected natural areas of Spain. The teleworkers will make profitable the expansion of the European fauna through the diffusion of their personal experience participating in the daily tracking of the Iberian fauna with the camera traps from the naturalists, rangers and officials of the Administration that want to become autonomous in self–managing the territory and in exchange of generating income for long–term tourism by hosting conservationists–international teleworkers; payment for environmental services to the public administration; communication products; breeding of large wild herbivores and other resources of the proposed economic model.
See the letter and its first signatories (in spanish): Carta abierta al Gobierno
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