La Palma celebrates World Environment Day & World Ocean Day

La Palma wanted to celebrate the World Environment Day and World Ocean Day with a programme of educational and awareness-raising workshops.

The La Palma Island Council, through the La Palma Environmental Education Strategy for Sustainability, is celebrating World Environment Day and World Ocean Day with a programme of educational and awareness-raising workshops that will take place from the 2nd to the 8th of June.

The initiative, promoted by the Environment Service, has the collaboration of the Villa de Mazo Town Council, the two Canarian public universities, Ecoáreas and Ports of Tenerife, among other organisations.

The main objective of the programme of activities is to promote care for the ecosystem and research to connect ocean sciences with the needs of today’s society.

The series of events began on Friday 2 June at the Aula de la Naturaleza de Las Cancelas, in the municipality of San Andrés y Sauces, where the equipment was presented as a tool for environmental education and awareness-raising.

On Saturday 3rd, from 13.00 hours, there was a programme of guided tours in small groups around the Natural Parks of Las Nieves and Cumbre Vieja. The following day, Sunday 4th, will offer four environmental awareness workshops in the Recreational Areas of Los Tilos, Pared Vieja, El Pilar and Fuente Los Roques. In this case, the theme of the informative activities will revolve around the identification of flora and fauna in the Laurisilva, workshops with puppets and gastronomic observation of the Sun.

On Monday 5 June, an institutional event to commemorate World Environment Day will be held in the Plaza Pedro Pérez Díaz in Villa de Mazo, from 11.30 to 14.00 hours. This will be followed by a presentation of species of the year in terms of flora and fauna, as well as a forum for environmental reflections which will bring together experts in the field to analyse plastic pollution.

On Tuesday 6 June there will be a programme of educational visits to the Native Flora Nursery and the Wild Fauna Rehabilitation Centre, in the municipality of Puntallana, which is part of the Regional Ministry of the Environment. Likewise, on Wednesday 7th June, an astronomical workshop will be held to observe the sun from Las Cabezas, a Heritage Interpretation Point and viewpoint located in Tijarafe.

Finally, on Thursday 8th June, the programme of events will conclude with an open day for the Ocean Campus at the Muelle de Pescadores in Santa Cruz de La Palma, from 09.00 to 13.30. Attendance, limited to secondary schools, will offer workshops, sampling activities and biodiversity observations.

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