JAVEA’S mayor Jose Chulvi recently met environment department official, Pep Nebot, to discuss local Generalitat operations. Also present were Toni Miragall, environment councillor, and Kika Mata, services councillor. The Cabo de San Antonio marine reserve was one topic discussed, including the restrictions on visits to the Cova Tallada during the high-season and marking out protected maritime zones. Belonging to the Montgo national park and the Sant Antoni marine reserve, the cave is located in Javea but reached via a path that originates in Les Rotes in Denia.
Overcrowding in recent years has taken its toll on the cave, prompting the Montgo natural park’s board of governors and the regional government’s environment department to agree that radical measures were needed. Last summer, visits to the cave were limited to 71 people in the cave at any one time, with a daily total not exceeding 355 to prevent further deterioration. Issues relating to the Montgo park were also discussed, as well as procedures for maintaining the local cliffs that are currently being drawn up by the Generalitat.
Also under review were the regional government’s plans for regenerating Granadella and restoring habitats there following the forest fire that devastated 812 hectares of local land in 2016.