Most communities reject the approval of the Government’s wolf protection strategy
The veto hunting and wolf management throughout Spain it is facing a new stumbling block despite attempts to move it forward by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition. Most of the autonomous communities, up to a total of 11, rejected last night in the State Commission for Natural Heritage and Biodiversity the draft strategy which should articulate the wolf’s new legal status. As it has not been approved, the document cannot be raised for final approval, at least for the moment.
Currently, the ministerial order that categorizes the wolf as a protected species throughout the national territory is in the National Court, after being appealed by the four communities that house 95% of the population of these canids, Castilla y León, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia.
But in addition to this ministerial order, it was It is necessary to approve a new national strategy according, since the current one, of 2005, collides with the new protection criteria promoted by the Government. There is the paradox that at this time not only can the populations north of the Duero not be managed, but that the farmers affected by the wolf attacks in this area are not eligible for compensation.
The four regions ‘wolf’ consider that the draft of the Ministry presented yesterday does not fit any of the purposes of the strategies that establishes the Heritage and Biodiversity Law, unless its drafters “consider that the activities of rural areas are one of the main threats to the biodiversity of our country,” they argue. “Something that we reject outright,” they remarked this Saturday in a statement.
They also denounce that the draft of the strategy does not indicate the identity of its authors nor the body or entity to which they belong and request the development, from scratch, of a new strategy in which if they are participants in its elaboration, “as has always been done”, indicate sources present at the meeting.
The decision is “a demonstration that communities cannot be overwhelmed, that you can’t work like that, ”said the Cantabrian Rural Development Minister, Guillermo Blanco, on Saturday. “Hopefully it will serve for the Ministry to reflect, although we very much doubt that the Minister, Teresa Ribera, and her team are capable of seeing beyond short-term political interests,” he said.
The communities most affected by the decision have criticized for months that the procedure that Ecological Transition has followed has been the reverse of the usual one: before banning wolf hunting throughout the country, as has been done, it was necessary to create a management strategy with the participation of all the autonomies andcarry out a census to know the current situation of wolf populations, something that has not yet been done.
«The document presented for the consideration of the State Commission lacks sense at this time because, in addition to the fact that many of its contents could violate the competition regime established in our country and, therefore, be ineffective, builds on a decision already made on the part of the Ministry and which is crucial for the management of any species, such as its legal status ”, the ‘wolf’ communities have pointed out.
Ecological transition can still call a new meeting and present a new draft or try to change the sense of vote of some communities, although the deadlines to achieve it before the end of the year (as was their intention) are already very tight, say sources consulted by ABC.