Forest fires in the Canary Islands could destroy the unique flora of the archipelago

Forest fires in the Canary Islands, which belong to Spain, threatening the destruction of the flora of the archipelago, reports BBC-Russia. Fire was covered by part of the national park Garajonay on La Gomera, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Here grow hundreds of plants, some of which are recognized as unique. In the park burned several homes, several hundred residents were evacuated.

Fires also swept the archipelago Tenerife and La Palma. Firefighters reported that while they were able to take control of the situation, but she stressed that the cause of fires could be arson. According to the latest data, destroyed four thousand hectares of forest.

However, some experts tend to believe that the cause of natural disasters has been the change in climate.

"Fires began to accept catastrophic. This is due to climate change, no rain. As for the plant species in this national park, they will recover. Saved seeds. For them fire — this is normal. Another question — when restored forest. This takes much more time, "- said the director of the Russian representation of" WWF " Igor Chestin, reports "Kommersant FM".

It should be noted that in late July wildfires swept another region of Spain — Catalonia. Then as a result of rampant disaster killed at least four people.


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