These images were taken on the 30th of october of 2010 in Carchuna, province of Granada, Spain, not many meters in from the Mediterranean coast.
Unfortunately, nowadays, similar photographs can be taken by the dozen all along the coast of the Mediterranean, from the extreme east to west. An authentic disaster out of control !
In this case, the images show some of the Phoenix canariensis which, along with two hundred adult palm trees, have grown for decades on the side of the national road CN-340. There disappearance is only a question of a few years. This is only one example of neglect, unawareness, possibly due to lack of budget and/or, what is worse, in many a case the incompetence of those "responsible", which is repeated along all the coast of the Mediterranean irrespective of the country or town. The owners of the palm trees, in this case the Spanish Administration, should be obliged to act against it.
Hundreds if not millions of palm trees, mostly Canary palm trees, get infected and die within a matter of months!!!
In PALMASUR we have maintained a web page since 2005 with information about the techniques that are being used to fight the plague that is currently killing, at a huge rate, all the Phoenix canariensis in the South of Europe and the North of Africa .
How should we act? What do the experts say?
What are the obligations of the different administrations (local, autonomous, etc) in the different States of the European Community? What does the C.E. say?
What does the owner of a palm tree, not only Phoenix canariensis but of any other species, have to do to prevent, recognize and act against Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier alias Picudo rojo (spain), Punteruoelo rosso (Italy), Charançon rouge du palmier (France), Escaravelho da Palmeira das Canarias (Portugal), Red Palm Weevil…?
How did all this disaster begin? What insect is this that has originated from the tropics and is devouring all the canary palm trees that we have seen since we were kids in our town squares, streets and gardens?
To what degree and with what virulence does this plague attack the rest of the palm trees that can be found in the parks and gardens of Europe? How much does it cost to protect them?
Its the sad truth that if we don't act seriously, the canary palm trees and, who knows what other species of palm tree, are in danger of dying out.
We hope for the collaboration of everyone. Information is power. Let us denounce and act now.
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