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Granadilla Port in Tenerife, Spain


The idea of building a port in Granadilla dates back from 1975. The project has been modified several times until its current conception. It has been a very controversial project, since it would destroy high-value environmental areas and species, which are also protected by environmental law.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Granadilla Port in Tenerife, Spain
State or province:Tenerife, Canary Islands
Location of conflict:Granadilla
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Ports and airport projects
Specific commodities:Transport Services
Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Project area:80
Type of populationSemi-urban
Start of the conflict:1975
Company names or state enterprises:Sener from Spain
Relevant government actors:Canarian government, Spanish government, Granadilla de Abona Town Council
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:No Puerto de Granadina. Citizen Platfom against the Granadilla Industrial Port. Formed by:, Asociación Cultural I.S.L.A., Asociación Tinerfeña de Amigos de la Naturaleza (A.T.A.N.), Asociación de Vecinos de El Médano, Ben Magec - Ecologistas en Acción, Cofradía de Pescadores de Tajao (Arico), Plataforma Ciudadana del Sur, Sociedad Española de Ornitología (Seo/BirdLife), Tagoror Ecologista Alternativo (T.E.A.), Asociación Alisios (Medio ambiente y desarrollo sostenible), Asociación Cultural Sureste, Colectivo Frente Blanquiazul, C.C.O.O. Canarias, Enseñantes Asamblearios de Canarias (EAC), Federación Canaria de Montañismo, Federación Tinerfeña de Montañismo, Foro ciudadano contra la incineración de residuos, Greenpeace, Intersindical sector enseñanza ULL, Plataforma universitaria contra el P.I.G., WWF/ADENA, SEO/Birdlife
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Social movements
Trade unions
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
students teachers surfers National NGOs
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Gathering signatures to make a Law proposal in the parliament
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Potential: Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Corruption
New legislation
Technical solutions to improve resource supply/quality/distribution
Development of alternatives:Not to build a new port, but to better use the main one of the island in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. If needed, to expand that port.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The port finally started being constructed and construction works have restarted. The Court statements came too late to stop the work.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

La Ley 27/1992, de 24 de noviembre, de Puertos del Estado y de la Marina Mercante:
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Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora :
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

impacto ambiental del puerto de Granadilla, Tenerife. – Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Observatorio Ambiental Granadilla, OAG_PVA - Gr1/2010, 107 páginas.:
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Machado, A. (2010). Verificación de la exactitud y corrección de la evaluación de

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Web No puerto Granadilla (lots of information and documents):
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Web Observatorio ambiental Granadilla:
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Web Ecologistas en Acción Canarias:
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Youtube clip. Carnaval against the Port:
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Youtube clip. El puerto de Granadilla y la burbuja de las infraestructuras:
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Contributor:Amaranta Herrero
Last update08/04/2014
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