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The plenary session of Los Alcázares approves the request of the legislative initiative to give the Mar Menor legal personality (23/07/2020)

| The municipal corporation has decided by an absolute majority to carry out this proposal so that the lagoon and its basin are recognized as subjects of rights | The municipal government of Los Alcázares and all the platforms that have emerged in recent years in support of the Mar Menor, have today written a new episode in the history of the lagoon to guarantee its protection. This afternoon, the plenary session of the Los Alcázares City Council has carried out the proposal to request the legislative initiative to give the Mar Menor and its basin legal personality, as well as its recognition as a subject of rights. This extraordinary session has been supported by dozens of people from the organization known as the Mar Menor Assembly, a group of citizens and platforms that have long fought to protect the lagoon.

Among the supports are many known formations, such as Pacto Mar Menor, Greenpeace, Black Flags, or independent people, such as professors, researchers, a Nobel Prize, or political positions in national organizations. Among them is Teresa Vicente, full professor of Philosophy of Law at the University of Murcia, and researcher specializing in ecological Justice and ecological rights, in charge of writing the proposed law included in the popular legislative initiative approved this afternoon. Vicente explained that "the diagnosis of the ecological status of the Mar Menor is that of an agony in imminent danger of collapse, compromising its natural, landscape, tourist, cultural and spiritual values, and solidarity for future generations.

The proposal to give Legal personality and recognizing rights to the Mar Menor as an entity of nature, is a novelty in the Law, which has already been carried out by other countries, such as Colombia, India, New Zealand, or the city of Toledo in the State of Ohio in USA". Legal personality The figure of the legal personality is born from the recognition of the ecological value of the Mar Menor ecosystem and from the need to protect it and assert its own rights to exist, to be repaired for the damage caused and to be able to develop according to its own natural structure. The lawyer states that the urgency of this new legal figure is given by the ineffectiveness of the protection figures and laws, which have failed in the face of the problems and threats suffered by the Mar Menor. And that is why, according to the expert Teresa Vicente, the approval of the request by the councilors of the corporation at the head of the Alcazare consistory is "the most immediate way to achieve a popular initiative that grants the Mar Menor the rights that it corresponds for its ecological value and the biocultural rights of the riverbank neighbors and global citizenship, "he said. After this new and important step, it will be the turn of the Regional Assembly to continue working on the provision of rights for the protection of the Mar Menor. A lagoon that struggles for survival The proposed Law initiates that "the Mar Menor Lagoon and its Basin comprise an ecosystem on which thousands of people depend for their survival, health, housing, water, and cultural and territorial wealth; in addition to preserving the lives of innumerable species and of the biological and chemical elements that the biodiversity of the lagoon ecosystem implies.

The five protection figures and the laws enacted to protect the Mar Menor have not been sufficient to avoid the ecological crisis that the coastal ecosystem suffers and the rights of the people who they inhabit it on its banks, and that in its closest environment they are threatened. The voices for the Mar Menor Many organisms and entities are contributing their grain of sand in the fight for the protection of the Mar Menor.

Social platforms and the local administration of Los Alcázares are joined by others such as the University of Murcia, which tomorrow, its Governing Council plans to approve the Chair of Human Rights and Rights of Nature. A voice that is also championing this issue to save the lagoon is that of Mayor Mario Cervera, representative of Los Alcázares, who during his speech in the plenary session held for the approval of the request for this legislative initiative, has said that, " This proposal does not understand political colors, since giving rights to the Mar Menor has only one color, and this is that of hope, to save a natural treasure that can no longer bear the excesses and abuses against it.

" For his part, the Councilor for the Environment and spokesman for the local government socialist group, in charge of defending said proposal in plenary session, said that "this is a great step towards achieving rights to the salty lagoon, which from this day, will depend on the commitment and responsibility of the regional government.

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Source: Ayuntamiento de Los Alcázares

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