GURELUR - Fondo Navarro para la Protección del Medio Natural
Manuel de Falla, 8
Tel.: 948 15 10 77 · 606 980 068
Foundation year: 1991
Action area: Navarre
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The implementation of wind power in Navarra is resulting in the biggest ecological disaster in the last few years. Moreover, it is so drastically changing Navarra’s landscape that, once the projects covering our mountains with wind farms conclude, even its own inhabitants will fail to recognize Navarra. The production of wind power and its benefits have been widely spread by the companies involved through Navarra’s media. However, these companies didn’t mention the extremely serious ecological, cultural and landscape damages which this implies for Navarra’s nature.
In addition, these projects need large amounts of money, money that has been “distributed” in such a way that it has minimized or even got rid of any criticism or complaints from people and groups which, according to their ecological and social views, should at least question the way in which wind power projects are being developed in Navarra. The Government of Navarra, economically implied in the project of the company Energía Hidroeléctrica de Navarra (E.H.N.), has put the whole Environment Department at this company’s disposal in order to sort out any problems deriving from its project, even if this often means to ignore the law. Obviously, with such an inappropriate support, the Environment Department has not complied with its obligations, leaving Navarra’s nature in the hands of industrial interests and wind power companies.
All wind power stations in Navarra are being or will be installed in mountainous areas, whose mountain tops constitute, as a whole, one of the main countryside values characterizing our Community. This singular geographical and naturalistic feature makes the damage caused by the stations not comparable to the damage produced in other areas of Europe. Despite this fact, this type of comparison has been made by the Government of Navarra and E.H.N. clearly in their own interest.
The construction of wind power stations on Navarra’s mountains is seriously damaging the landscape; it’s causing a severe erosion due to the land removal of ground and deforestation; it’s destroying the vegetation; it’s reducing the biological diversity due to the radical transformation of mountains; it’s damaging the avifauna due to the death rates caused by the non-traditional wind mills and electric laying, and also due to the fact that it prevents birds from migrating over the mountains, which they have been doing for may years.
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