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Salou City Council works to protect beaches from climate change

Llarga beach in Salou

Salou. Costa Dorada. 20 December 2019. The Polytechnic University of Catalonia-Barcelona Tech (UPC) has delivered a study to the City of Salou in which it has analyzed the impact of the beaches of the municipality from the effects of climate change. From this work the Consistory will implement a protection plan with the aim of defending them from the cyclical regression they suffer.

The work has determined that not all Salou beaches and coves have the same behavior and, therefore, are not affected in the same intensity by the effects of a possible regression. Specifically, the coast of Salou is particularly affected in winter by the storms of Levante and Garbí, although the Cap de Salou has a protective effect.

For this reason, experts recommend making two annual reviews of the size of the beaches. They consider that they are the best alarm system to be aware of the fluctuations they may suffer. Reviews should be carried out at the beginning of the storm season, after summer, in September; and at the beginning of the tourist season, in April.

To protect the beaches of Salou, the mayor of the municipality and president of the Municipal Tourist Board, Pere Granados, explained that "we want to find natural solutions that do not contemplate the creation of dikes, but those that facilitate our own nature and we can alleviate or minimize the possible regression. " In this sense, the mayor has said that "we are to act in a respectful way with the marine environment and nature, because it is what guarantees a sustainable and responsible treatment of the problem". Thus, these measures that are contemplated include dredging and planting vegetation to retain the sand itself.

Granados stressed that "the beaches of Salou are our main heritage and we are very aware that we have to work to ensure their conservation, both for our present, and also because future generations can continue to enjoy it."

Salou has 14 km of beaches and coves of fine golden sand. There are 10 in total: Ponent beach, Llevant beach; Capellans beach; Llenguadets Creek; Llarga beach; Penya Creek Carved; Cala Font and Cala Vinya and Cala Crancs. All of them are subject to natural erosion processes and fluctuations in the sea line due to weather conditions. However, each of them has its peculiarities and erodes in a different way, depending on its orientation.

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