The Minister of the Environment, Agriculture and Sustainability, Sílvia Calvó, and the Mayor of La Massana, David Baró, signed two agreements on access to nature this Monday. First of all, they have agreed that the Government will recover the concession of the land in which the Comapedrosa refuge is located in order to be able to make improvements, and secondly, they have signed the agreement which proposes that the Commonwealth assumes responsibility for the maintenance of the Camí de la Massana that is part of the Sectorial Plan for Green Infrastructures.
The two agreements signed this Monday aim to facilitate the management of resources in order to continue promoting the objective of bringing nature closer to the citizens and doing so in a sustainable way.
The first agreement provides for the transfer of the land from the Comapedrosa refuge to the Government so that it can carry out the necessary improvements. The minister explained that these facilities have been aging and that the refuge is trying to improve in line with the quality of the other refuges in the country, giving priority to energy efficiency and sustainability.
The initiative is also framed in the national policy of sustainable development of the use of refuges saved in the country, and it fits in the desire to strengthen the positioning of Andorra as a destination for mountain tourism.
In this sense, Calvó reminded us of the success of the initiative launched last year to offer a route through high mountain areas that unites all existing stored refuges: the Coronallacs route. The minister indicated that in the last season there have been more than 400 hikers who completed the route, which has tripled the number of mountaineers who did so last season.
The agreement signed this Monday guarantees the availability of the land for 99 years from its creation in 1989, which is a guarantee when it comes to making powerful works.
Regarding the agreement on the Sectorial Plan for green infrastructures, both the Minister and the Consul have expressed their commitment to this initiative that aims to bring nature closer to all citizens, and especially to families. Thus, the agreement foresees that the Government will finish improving the sections pending of the sectorial Plan of green infrastructures, and establishes that La Massana will be in charge of the maintenance of the section that belongs to the parish.
The sectoral Plan for green infrastructures will unite the urban nucleus with nature with an uninterrupted route from the central valleys to Sorteny. To do this, in recent years several stretches have been conditioned in the parish of Ordino and La Massana, and it has already been managed to increase the influx of visitors to these areas.
The mayor of La Massana wanted to show the commitment of the Comú with this project to promote trekking and mountain tourism in the parish, and explained that for this reason it will be responsible for the maintenance and improvements of the network, following the criteria defined in the sectoral Plan and the Law of competences of the communes.