Contested Landscapes

Gran Canaria has huge biodiversity - from beaches and volcanic landscapes to dense forests. In recent years, people living on the island have become more aware than others of the growing need to preserve natural resources due to the remoteness of the island and the few fresh water sources that exist becoming under threat from overuse and contamination.

In 2016, authorities transported water from the north to reservoirs in the base of the island due to low rainfall the previous year. The low rainfall impacts agriculture in the south, an area that was originally designed to have its own water source, totally independent from the north of the island.

These water supply issues throw up interesting questions for travellers and tourists - is it ethical to travel to areas affected by these issues? Even by following rules that many resorts on the island have imposed regarding water use, is it ever truly ethical to visit and use resources in these areas?