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Fuerteventura (Spain)

Fuerteventura (Spain)

Located in the eastern part of the Canary Island Archipelago, the island of Fuerteventura is the second largest in the area of Macaronesian archipelagos, as well as the oldest. The particular nature of its geological characteristics and its vast natural heritage, which emerges from its barrenness and the presence of a rich and diverse marine environment, provide Fuerteventura with its ubstantial

insular personality. This translates into a cultural heritage rich in customs and traditions, visible in its structures, its land use, its livestock and it fishing industry. Also worth mentioning is the presence of one of the very best paleontological observatories in Macaronesia. Its contribution to the mitigation of climate change includes the development of renewable energies applied to livestock, fishing and tourism; and most especially water desalination via wind energy: “renewable water”.

Declaration Date: 2009

Country: Spain

Surface Area: 352,812 ha

Resident population: 97,859 inhabitants

Contact: Tony Gallardo Campos

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