Current footprint of Lanzarote’s island

Currently, the footprint of Lanzarote’s territory is triggered mainly by its dependence on the outside.

The water comes from the desalination from four large public desalination plants and 43 private desalination plants.

On the current environmental limits of the island, Corujo, the president of the Cabildo, considers that the most important lesson was to learn to distinguish between growth and development, agrees on the need to decarbonize the economy to fight global warming, although she does not question the development model based on the transfer of tourists by plane to the island. “Tourism will always have an important weight in our economy and inevitably involves air mobility. We will have to combine improvements of a technological nature with strategies to offset emissions or reduce CO₂, but thinking

about  the Canary Islands without tourism having a prominent weight in its economy is simply impossible,” he stresses. The fight against climate change and the need to eliminate CO₂ emissions in the coming decades makes it necessary to rethink the operating schemes of all inhabited territories. This is even more complex in isolated places such as the islands and becomes a real environmental puzzle in areas of special fragility and scarcity of their own resources, as is the case of Lanzarote. For Quino Miguélez, technician at the Lanzarote Biosphere Reserve Office, the island should be a laboratory where to test alternatives to reconcile human development with environmental protection. “Lanzarote can be an example for the world: humanity does not understand that there are limits and that we cannot separate ourselves from nature,” he says




From Fregata Space we thought it would be interesting to analyze the satellite images extracted from the area through the application of the DOC script, an index that provides information on dissolved organic carbon. This is a component of great importance in natural waters, since it fulfills both biotic and abiotic functions and its production can be favored by high rates of plant productivity. In water sources it comes from the decomposition of natural organic matter and synthetic chemical compounds.

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