Sustainability in Spain: popular “Sun and Beach” destinations receive 26.2 million in European funds

For sustainability efforts in the Canary Islands, San Bartolomé de Tirajana will receive 5.5 million of European funds to improve the resilience of the Maspalomas Dunes.

The eight municipalities that form part of the Alliance of Tourist Municipalities (AMT) “Sun and Beach” have received a total of 26.2 million euros from European funds to improve the sustainability of their destinations.

These funds correspond to the second and third extraordinary call of the programme of Tourism Sustainability Plans in Destinations, to which the municipalities of the AMT “Sun and Beach” have competed with different projects of which six have been selected among those presented by local or regional entities.

The president of the AMT “Sun and Beach” and mayor of Salou, Pere Granados, stresses that “these projects consolidate the work that the municipalities integrated in this organisation carry out to promote the protection of the territory”.

In the call for April 2023, Benidorm, through its project ‘Green Benidorm 2024-2026’, will receive 5.5 million funds to carry out 16 actions to make the municipality “more sustainable and digital”, advancing in energy efficiency.

The projects presented by Calvià, with a budget of two million euros, will allow the execution of actions to improve the urban layout of the municipality, creating new and larger green spaces for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

The municipality of Lloret de Mar will benefit from the initiative presented by the Provincial Council of Girona, which, through the Riunatur Project, aims to promote deconcentration and sustainable tourism in inland bathing areas in the region. This initiative will receive 3.2 million euros.

Also in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, through a project presented by the Island Council of Gran Canaria, it will receive an investment of 5.5 million euros to improve the resilience and use of the natural heritage of the Maspalomas Dunes as the backbone of the sector in the Maspalomas Costa Canaria tourist area.

Finally, Salou will have five million euros for stabilisation and environmental actions on the beaches, actions to improve energy efficiency and the development of municipal corridors for sporting activities. Other funds will also be earmarked for the renaturalisation of coastal areas, the installation of photovoltaic panels in various municipal facilities and the development of a Big Data system.

In the case of the December 2022 call, Torremolinos received 5 million euros for the development of its ‘Smart Paradise’ initiative, aimed at improving public spaces with actions for mobility, waste management and renewable energy. The actions of this plan also allow the town to guarantee physical and cognitive accessibility.

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