There is a place nearby, our, magical and forgotten, where life and nature make their way every day.
It is a place hidden from the crowds and from the human presence. Some few and few days of the year man and machines appear to sow and to reap. The rest of the time, paradise is reunited with itself, as it has always been doing, for tens of thousands of years.
The uniqueness of this place lies in the fact that its geographical features have allowed the safeguarding and maintenance of certain natural habitats threatened with disappearance.
Plans de Conill, besides being part of a Protected Natural Area, is an exceptional place to be one of the last relicts of endorheic lagoons in Catalonia. The torrent of Sant Gili is a small and small hydrographic network that can not find an outlet, so the surface waters drain the most depressed sectors and constitute lagoons and brackish wetlands, in a place known as the “Salado de Conejo”. This fact means that plant species such as “Limonium catalaunicum” or “Ferula loscosii” are present, declared, respectively, in danger of extinction and vulnerable in the catalog of threatened flora of Catalonia.
It is said of Catalonia and the Catalans, that we are a civilized country, that loves its people, its culture, its language, its landscape, its traditions, its nature … But in the case of the waste treatment plant of Plans Conill located in the municipality of Ossó de Sió, a few hundred meters from the municipality of Tàrrega, and 1.1 km from the town of Conill, reality confirms that our administration is doing things from the most complete unconsciousness and from the most inconsistent of inconsistencies.
One of the few and few plants that bear the name of our country “Limonium catalaunicum”, is in danger of extinction in our land with only 245 copies recorded in Plans de Sió. The other two only places where there is a plant species are in Aragon. It was the Italian botanist Sandro Alessandro Pignatti who in 1962 described and classified the “Limonium catalaunicum”
I can not imagine any country in the world, in which an Official Gazette of February 4, 2016, (21st century), published the authorization for a composting plant for animal droppings of cattle, chickens and swine, in the most vulnerable place for the conservation of these few specimens of this plant species. And that, moreover, the same environmental impact statement means that the composting plant will be located in a natural area of the agricultural plain included in the Natura 2000 Network and that “the quality of the habitat of the steppe avifauna species present in This area “and also recognizes that” the impact that will cause the installation of this activity of composting livestock waste on the natural environment and the landscape will be moderate “. An environmental impact statement that also obviates the fact that the installation of the composting plant in the middle of a hydrographic network with no outlet will cause the surface current of rainwater to contaminate and eliminate all existing plant species in the most vulnerable areas of the region. the natural lagoon
Our political representatives can not allow, for a moment more, that our administration turns its back on our most valuable heritage and is so little sensitive to the natural and ecological values of the country or municipality to which it must serve. You can always act for the benefit of the common good, if political will and citizens are present.
We will be able to admit without being ashamed, that the Generalitat of Catalonia has condemned the death and extinction in Catalonia, of one of the few plants that bears the name of Catalonia ?. What a ridiculous fright!
Biologists and botanists recommend maximum protection of the “Limonium catalaunicum”, with measures of germination of the seeds in germplasm targets, to restore the habitat of the lagoons, to replant new specimens to create new reserves and to make a frequent population follow-up.
Perhaps we are no longer in time to preserve and protect Plans de Conill, one of the most unique habitats in our region. But if that we are in time to avoid his murder with premeditation and treachery.
Jaume Ramon Solé.