Even though Marbella heads the provincial rankings in terms of green spaces per inhabitant (29.7 square metres), the town hall this week announced that it will increase the municipal tree stock by more than 2,000 units before the end of the current term.
The councillor for Parks and Gardens, Diego López, explained that "this planting plan is in addition to the pruning and plant health work that we carry out regularly to guarantee the conservation and maintenance of the town's green areas".
The aim, he said, was "to improve residents' quality of life", stressing that it is this vegetation that is "one of the great generators of our privileged climate as it helps to reduce CO2 emissions and shelters innumerable species of birds and contributes to urban biodiversity".
"A great deal of technical and operational work is being done to continue expanding the diversity of species, taking into account the space available, avoiding those that may have allergenic potential and giving priority to aesthetics so that the municipality presents the best possible image," he said.
New birdwatching lookout
Another development this week has been the opening of the town's first birdwatching observation point between La Concepción dam and the mouth of the Río Verde.
The project, financed by the Malaga provincial council will, according to Victoria Martín-Lomeña, director general for the Environment in Marbella, will allow "visitors to enjoy the extraordinary flora and fauna of this area just a few metres from the Paseo Marítimo and the town centre".
From the viewpoint, numerous birds can be observed, among them cormorants or coots, flycatchers, kingfishers and brown bush-warblers.