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drones against illegal containers constructions

Drones against illegal constructions and containers
Radio Sintonia:

Drones for the eradication of containers and illegal constructions on rustic land in Fuerteventura.

The Minister of Territorial Policy, Territorial Cohesion and Water of the Government of the Canary Islands, Manuel Miranda, today presented the new drone unit of the Canary Islands Agency for the Protection of the Natural Environment (ACPMN), which debuts with a coordinated action with the Cabildo of Fuerteventura and the six Majorero municipalities for the eradication of containers and illegal constructions on rustic land on the island.

"The incorporation of drones and the creation of this new unit is an important advance in the inspection and surveillance work of our territory carried out daily by the Government of the Canary Islands, because it will greatly facilitate the tasks of locating urban and environmental irregularities, the main function of the Canary Islands Agency for the Protection of the Natural Environment", said counselor Manuel Miranda.

The new drone unit, attached to the Territorial, Environmental and Preliminary Actions Surveillance Service of the ACPMN, is made up of two coordinators and nine pilots. In their inspection and surveillance work, they will use two "Matrice" drones, which incorporate the latest technology in agility, speed and safety features, with redundant barometers for maximum reliability, and intelligent flight features that facilitate the recording of complex shots.

Its 4 high-performance engines ensure stable flight in winds of up to 43 km/h, have a flight range of 33 minutes, a range of 8 km and can reach a speed of 81 km/h.

The drones use a Dual GPS configuration for greater flight safety, which is reinforced with visual sensors that allow great precision, and have the AirSense system, which allows manned aircraft to be known in real time in the surrounding space. They have an infrared vision and detection system, and are equipped with a Zenmuse Z30 RGB camera, which allows high-resolution images to be transmitted.

The first field work of the new drone unit of the ACPMN is being carried out these days in Fuerteventura, in a joint action agreed a month ago with the Cabildo and the six Majorero municipalities to eradicate the proliferation of illegal containers and installations on rustic land, which do not comply with the regulations and represent a serious attack on the landscape.

The first flight took place in El Jablito, municipality of La Oliva, and was also attended by the Minister of Environment of the Cabildo Insular de Fuerteventura, Carlos Rodríguez, who stressed the need to "put a little order, because the natural soil has to endure and we must return to its original state the land that has been irregularly modified".

The solution to this growing problem, which affects not only the island of Fuerteventura, involves a "joint and coordinated" action between all the administrations, through the Canary Islands Agency for the Protection of the Natural Environment, which already provides its support and advice to the affected municipalities for the processing of the corresponding enforcement orders. as explained by its director of the ACPMN, Montserrat Ortega.

The Minister of Territorial Policy recalled that the municipalities are responsible for processing in the first instance the execution orders to end this irregular practice, and called for citizen collaboration, since with this administrative formula the removal and recycling of illegal facilities does not represent an added cost for the affected party.

On the contrary, failure to comply with an enforcement order can lead to substantial economic penalties "that in no case do we want, but that the administrations have to apply in defense of our environmental heritage," Miranda said.

In the last three years, the Government of the Canary Islands has processed some 280 files on the island of Fuerteventura for containers, huts and installations on unauthorised land, although the Cabildo calculates that there may be more than 500 installations of this type, so the aim is to strengthen and make more effective the joint action of the three administrations: regional, insular and local.

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There is definitely a need to do something against illegal practices, but, the mass use of drones for all kind of problems is way too easy in Fuerteventura, since COVID times. To me it's a war method and the consent to use them wherever and whenever they want, will direct us the wrong way.
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