PROCLAMATION AGAINST THE FOREST FIRE PREVENTION LAW
On behalf of:
The Biotopnatura association and its campaign "The rights of trees",The Platform in defense of trees, formed by a group of people from Can Carbonell especially sensitive to the defense of nature, And advised by the forest engineer Marc Garfella.
By means of the present writing we want to explain our disagreement with some aspects of the law 5/2003, of 22 April, (and Decree 123/2005, of 14 June, which develops it), about prevention of 'forest fires. This legislation incorporates the urbanisations without immediate continuity with the urban plot, and in article 7, of Decree 123/2005, the interior plots are incorporated.
Our main disagreement is focused on its regulatory development and , especially in the application made by some county and municipal authorities.
We believe it is very necessary to do forestry work for fire prevention, as demonstrated by the devastating fires that have affected the territory and threaten to do so again every year, but we understand that this is not at odds with respectful forest management with the environment and the diversity of ecosystems.Fire prevention should not be synonymous with leaving green spaces undeveloped.
We do not consider the criteria to be taken into account , according to this law, to carry out this fire prevention work, to be appropriate, professional or environmentally friendly.
Aspects of the legislative framework to be reviewed and modified
- Does not take into account the age of the tree.
- It does not take into account the specific situation of the different ecosystems of each place
• Possible risks in the green of Can Carbonell by the application of the law of prevention of forest fires:
As a result of this legislative criterion and its shortcomings, we have an application of the law with:
We enclose with this letter a report signed by a Forest Engineer which guarantees that the work carried out in Can Carbonell has strong shortcomings and that they follow more a criterion of forest exploitation, than for the prevention of forest fires. p>
Given the situation posed by this legislation and its application, we specify the most relevant points of our lawsuit:
There are many councils, such as L'Escala, or Roses ..., which have asked for an application of the law more adapted to the situation, and have succeeded because the law of 2003 allows the interpretation of an engineer.
The residents' association of Santa Coloma de Farners, the campsites of Torroella de Montgrí, among others, have achieved a softer application of the law, and more adapted to the needs of the place.
We therefore claim that:
In short, we want things to be done well, and this requires professionalism, and good communication between the city council and its neighbors