Ginjas road given tacit approval

UNESCO will not object to the surfacing of controversial road

Ginjas road given tacit approval 1The Diario reports that the UNESCO National Commission President Moraes Cabral said yesterday that there will be no opposition to the asphalting of the Ginjas road, connecting São Vicente and the Paul da Serra plateau, provided that the integrity of the Laurissilva Forest, classified as a world heritage site, had been previously checked.

“I have nothing against the [Ginjas] road being tarred, as long as it is confirmed first with UNESCO, and it does not affect the value and integrity of the Laurissilva site. What I would strongly recommend was that any act or impact on the good should be assessed with UNESCO” he said.

The Ginjas Road, in São Vicente, in the northern part of Madeira Island, is located in a geological reserve area and in the middle of the Laurissilva Forest, a world heritage site classified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

“I have complete confidence in the authorities of Madeira and that the rules will be fulfilled if it is intended to go ahead with the tarmac road Ginjas”, emphasized the UNESCO official in Portugal.

Ginjas road given tacit approval 3José Filipe Moraes Cabral recalled “that for some years there has been talk about the tarmac road of Ginjas”, and that “has not yet been completed”. There have been demonstrations against the surfacing recently.

The president of the UNESCO National Commission spoke to press agency Lusa on the sidelines of the conference on World Heritage and Climate Change, which took place today at the Côa Museum, in Foz Côa, in Guarda on the mainland.

The Ginjas Road was opened as a dirt track in the 1980s, connecting the municipality of São Vicente, in the north of the island of Madeira, and the Paul da Serra plateau, at a distance of about 10 kilometers. The Regional Government of Madeira has recently announced that it will be proceeding with asphalting, a work estimated at seven million euros, which has received the support of the Municipality of São Vicente.

This endemic forest of northern Madeira was declared a natural World Heritage Site in 1999 by UNESCO. The website of the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) recalls that the Laurissilva forest “is nowadays the remnant of a primeval forest cover that has endured five centuries of humanization”.


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