Guillermo Morales, professor of geography: The overload of the Canary Islands is undeniable, it scares me

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (EFE) – Guillermo Morales Matos, professor of human geography at Carlos III University, assured on Monday that the overcrowding of the Canary Islands is “undeniable” and the demographic projections give him “goosebumps”. they scare him, for this reason he advocated restraint and permanent residence law as long as everyone agrees, because otherwise “things will go wrong.”

The professor appeared on the committee of the Canary Islands Parliament studying the demographic problem and urged MPs to have a diagnosis ready before the end of this legislative assembly, because “the population problem exists” and although “any attempt at containment” will lead to criticism, “sustainable development is incompatible with growth.”

He insisted that the rules be enforced if everyone agrees and without drastically preventing the arrival of people, but pointed out that measures can be taken without going against tourism, favoring a hotel-based tourism model, a proposal that can be regulated and controlled, but not staying outside a hotel or holiday home.

He pointed out that the “immigration coup” from which he excluded those who come from Africa by boat because it is punctual rather than structural, is 400,000 people in twenty years, and in his opinion, many were expecting a reaction to this “unscheduled”. “Growth. .

Faced with this growth, there must be a “role model” to not continue “predation” and “pecking” of the territory, since “protected spaces cannot be maintained for a long time if there is a lot of human persecution. “

He advised political managers to realize that growth needs to be planned “as far as possible” in order to know where they want to go in the coming years, as exorbitant population growth could also negatively impact gross domestic product.

“While the residency law is being drafted, a technical and political diagnosis needs to be made as quickly as possible,” said the professor, who was invited to the commission by the Popular group to raise awareness and plan.

He stressed that “overload is undeniable” and a few years ago “the delicate balance between population density and territory was overcome, especially in Gran Canaria and Tenerife.”

He argued that on any given day of the high season, there could be three million people in the Canary Islands: 2.25 million inhabitants, 600,000 tourists and 30,000 visitors, not counting private homes.

And forecasts show that in 2033 there will be 2.5 million inhabitants, and in 2050 three million, that if there is no intervention, there will be four million people on the islands on a winter or August day.

“These numbers give me goosebumps, they scare me, there must be a general awareness, this path is wrong,” Morales said, indicating that he is not talking about a ban, or about “nothing serious”, or about urgent measures, but to diagnose and begin work on a residency law and slowdown measures.

These rising population numbers “could hurt us” and the first thing to disappear is the rural landscape, he warned, in addition to the fact that services cannot develop at the same pace. He warned that Singapore is a unique place in the world that should not be an example for the Canary Islands. EFE

By Peter Kavinsky

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