The environmental NGOs believe that the urgent measures against forest fires approved by the Council of Ministers on August 1 in the form of a royal decree are “difficult” to implement and warn against analyzing this legislative package and monitoring its compliance.

This was announced by the organizations Jarama Vivo, the Association for the Recovery of the Autochthonous Forest (ARBA), the Jarama El Soto Ecologist Association, Ecologists in Action and the Action Group for the Environment (GRAMA) after learning about the measures against fires and the Amendment of the forest law.

In addition, they “fear” an intensification of the already denounced “mountain cleaning” actions, which they believe too often “destroy” plant formations and biodiversity in the municipality of Madrid.

In a statement, the organizations point out that although many of the measures included in the Royal Decree are already provided for in the Special Plan for Civil Protection in the event of forest fires in the Autonomous Community of Madrid (INFOMA), the room for maneuver lies in others.

The “most relevant” measures, in his opinion, are: the updating of a demarcation plan of the existing nuclei and settlements in municipal tenure, since, unlike the current situation, this obligation applies to all municipal councils and not only to the enclosed areas of high fire risk, since “the entire municipal area is affected”.

Likewise, they appreciate the measure of replacing the defense plans with fire prevention, surveillance and extinguishing plans, which will be annual and must include all the actions to be carried out throughout the autonomous territory and which should be published before their approval .

Finally, the environmental authorities require a territorial analysis of the socio-economic aspects that can manifest themselves in “repeated provocation” of fires or in the negligent use of fire.

Source europapress.es

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