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Friday, June 12, 2015

Anaga, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Last

The announcement that Anaga in the north east of Tenerife has finally been awarded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status is long overdue.

Every other Canary Island except Tenerife (until now) can boast Biosphere status. La Gomera with the focus on Garajonay; Fuerteventura and its western coastline; Lanzarote and the volcanic landscape; a third of Gran Canaria and the whole of La Palma and El Hierro.

Tenerife has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Teide National Park and the old centre of La Laguna. But it seems crazy that it was the only island without a Biosphere Reserve given its rich history and geographical characteristics.

Anaga, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Last

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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