(Tenerife president Carlos Alonso (centre) at the moment the award was announced. Photo: A. Trujillo)

Update 9 June 2015: It was originally proposed just over 18 months ago, but at last, Anaga has been accepted by Unesco as a Biosphere Reserve, the Tenerife Cabildo has announced. The 48,272 hectare Reserva de la Biosfera del Macizo de Anaga is the north-eastern tip of Tenerife. It occupies three municipalities – Santa Cruz, La Laguna and Tegueste – representatives from which were alongside President Alonso in Paris to put the final touches to Anaga’s case before the decision was made today. Following the award, Alonso congratulated the residents of the macizo (massif), an area which from now will have international-level environmental recognition and protection as a sustainable ecosystem of biodiversity.

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(Anaga. Photo: Tenerife Cabildo)

Original post 24 September 2013: Tenerife already has internationally recognized locations, whether the Teide National Park, a World Heritage Site, or La Laguna, a Unesco World Cultural and Heritage Site, and it will soon have another. The proposal for the Anaga Rural Park to become a new Biosphere Reserve has been backed by the Spanish committee for Unesco’s Man and Biosphere Programme, an intergovernmental scientific project which aims to establish a scientific base to improve global human and environment relations.

Anaga is already one of Tenerife’s “Essentials” (see HERE), occupying much of the mountainous massif of north-east Tenerife. It extends to some 14,419 hectares, so is a substantial part of the Island, and one of exceptional beauty. Its natural habitats include some of the best Canarian ecosystems, most notably the laurel forests and juniper woodlands. In this respect, it’s on a par with the tertiary era Garajonay forest of La Gomera, the whole of which is itself a Unesco Biosphere Reserve – as are La Palma, El Hierro, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, as well as around a third of Gran Canaria. Anaga clearly well deserves inclusion in this list, and it now just remains for the proposal to be presented to Unesco’s International Coordination Council in Paris, which meets next Spring.

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