The Government of the Spanish Region of Murcia is promoting the application of protection measures for the Mar Menor through the Agro-environmental Unit. As explained by the Councillor of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, Antonio Luengo, "new human, technical and computer resources have been added to those that were already there since 2017. The goal is to guarantee compliance with the measures set forth in Chapter 5 of the Decree Law on the Comprehensive Protection of the Mar Menor when it comes to agricultural management and planning.”
In the last six months, the Agro-environmental Unit has processed 1,963 files for the Responsible Declaration of plant barriers intended to retain runoff and prevent soil erosion, as well as 206 farm inspection files for on-the-spot control of compliance with their obligations, and 174 disciplinary proceedings for agricultural holdings.
Moreover, there are also restitution files for illegally irrigated areas "which will allow 940 hectares in the surroundings of the Mar Menor to be returned to their natural state as rainfed areas," said Luengo. In this regard, 78 restitution files are open, and 50 of them are already backed by a final administrative decision from the Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS).