WORK to protect and improve the Dunas de Artola area in Marbella is finally looking likely after more than a decade of delays.
A protection and improvement project for what is one of the largest dune areas in the province of Malaga was approved by the Spanish government 14 years ago and the Junta de Andalucia regional government declared the dunes a natural monument in 2003, yet it was only in 2013 when the ball started rolling.
A total of 35 companies presented offers for the work contract, which had an original budget of €1.7 million.
Finally the government has announced the contract will be awarded to Assignia Infraestructuras, part of Spanish based Grupo Essemtium with experience of large projects both in Spain and abroad, which offered a price of €880,784 and estimated the work would take eight months to complete.
Jobs to be done include creating pathways around the perimeter of 30 hectares of protected land with four wooden walkways branching off and leading to the beach, two parking areas, signs indicating access and providing information on the various touristic, cultural and environmental aspects of the area and replacing invasive plants with native vegetation.
If all goes to plan, visitors should be able to visit the new improved Dunas de Artola in 2016, and the paths will link to pedestrian paths being created all along the coast by local and provincial councils.