THE Government is to allocate €300,000 to the recovery of the Solana mountains in Beneixama following July’s wildfire.
The Council of Ministers has backed emergency action by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food.
The blaze affected an 862-hectare area of forest and of high ecological value. It also burned through 425 hectares of Els Alforins, an area with Site of Community Importance status, and home to species of birds including royal eagles, royal owls and peregrine falcons.
As well as the ecological loss to the area and to the forestry system economy, the fire also affected the protection provided by vegetation in terms of soil erosion, especially in areas with steep slopes. The main aim is therefore to boost the reestablishment of vegetation and prevent the proliferation of plagues and erosive processes due to the loss of forest cover.
At the same time, Beneixama Council has put out an informative announcement and has met with 40 landowners affected by the fire with the purpose of helping them request assistance from the Valencia government.
Around 10 per cent of the area which suffered fire damage was agricultural land, mainly small-scale almond and olive cultivations.