The Official Journal of the Generalitat Valenciana has published a resolution on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment, which protects two plots of land at Cala Mosca, of 2.96 and 3.51 hectares, protecting the sites from being built on for environmental reasons.

After a long battle against the development of the last green area of the Orihuela Costa, the Cala Mosca area plays home to two endangered species. There are around 5,000 specimens of the Cabeza de Gato plant, also known as the “cat head”, as well as a snail known as Tudorella Mauritanica. Because of the status of these endangered elements, the construction of 1,500 homes would have caused considerable environmental damage, and is therefore blocked on the two sites, “due to the presence of a significant population of Cabeza de Gato, a protected plant under the category of Vulnerable in the Spanish Catalogue of Endangered Species and the Valencian catalogue of Endangered Species of Flora”.

However, whilst applauding the decision so far, the councillor for the environment, Manuel Gallud of the Los Verdes green party of Orihuela, has already announced an appeal, as the government team believe that just protecting those two plots “is not enough to fully protect the endangered species”.

The coastal Claro party, who have headed the campaign for protection as far as the European Union, welcomed this statement and recalled their activities to end the coastal construction.

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