ANDALUSIA EVENTURE
From 12 March to 19 March 2017
So much of the future depends on how we get there
14 March 2017
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SECOND STAGE: HUELVA-CÁDIZ

ELECTRIC VEHICLES SILENCE ALLOWS YOU TO ENJOY THE BIODIVERSITY THAT EXISTS AROUND YOU AS YOU TRAVEL

We began our second day full of joy, with big smiles on our faces as we rode through ‘El rocío' at down. This old Spanish town has no asphalt on their streets as their local residents mainly use horses to move around. Residents mentioned this is considered the ‘World horse capital'. As strange as this sounds, sustainable mobility is truly applied here. Fresh air prevailed.

We carry on riding until we reached our main destination for the day Doñana National Park. This area of 543 km2 is under protection by CSIC (Scientific Research Superior Council). The park is an area of marshes, shallow streams and sand dunes in Las Marismas, delta where Guadalquivir river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Numerous migratory birds seek shelter in this Park.

It was important for us to visit this unique biodiversity reserve in Europe. The eco-system has been under constant threat by the draining of marshes, the use of river water to boos agricultural production by irrigating land along the coast and water pollution by upriver mining. Natural gas reserves lay beneath its soils. Perforation and extraction are further hazards this breath-taking area suffers.

We were received by the Park director and his friendly colleagues, with whom we had enriching dialogues about the importance of biodiversity. This one is important in ecosystems because it prevents extinction of species, allows organisms to adapt to changes in the environment and provides a wide range of materials and foods for survival. Biodiversity is categorized into species diversity, genetic diversity and ecosystem diversity.

Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. For example, a larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops. Greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms.

Habitat destruction is a major cause for biodiversity loss. Habitat loss is caused by deforestation, overpopulation, pollution and global warming. Species which are physically large and those living in forests or oceans are more affected by habitat reduction.

Human should conserve biodiversity. Support the birds, reptiles, mammals, and plants that live in your neighbourhood. You can also attract more wild species by providing water, food, shelter, and privacy. Explore habitats in your area. Help clean up and protect beaches, parks, reserves, and fields where wild plants and animals live.

All these biological resources are essential to live our life on earth. Biodiversity also provides spiritual benefits as well as social benefit. After all, haven't you felt spiritually fulfilled by looking at the ocean in a pristine beach, listening to birds in a well-preserved forest or witnessing the sun setting while trekking on the mountains?

Passage of Barca in Cortes del Rio
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