THE acronym GOB stands for the Grup Balear d’Ornitologia i Defensa de la Naturalesa and this organisation takes very seriously the impact of the modern day world upon the natural beauty and fragile ecosystem of the Balearics.
Members of the group often swing into action when a matter of environmental importance needs to be addressed and its latest campaign is against the legalisation of one polo field and the granting of approval for a second, as well as approval for what is described as a building connected with agrotourism.
According to GOB, there is a loophole in the law surrounding the Tourism Act which allows for certain approvals to be given without requiring a declaration of interest or a need to comply with maximum size of building plots.
In this case, a polo field has been introduced in the area of Campos and the owners are requesting that it be legally approved as well as a second field in the same area.
In their opposition, GOB is adamant that the area does not have sufficient water to justify the introduction of two polo fields as with the current drought, the usage of water makes no sense, especially as the sport is one enjoyed by an elite group and has been introduced to the island rather than being part of island heritage.