Tenerife is a unique destination that attracts millions of visitors every year. Tourists visit Tenerife for the beaches, the golf courses and to enjoy the nature. This is one of the largest volcanic islands in the world and you will find more endemic species than in England and Germany. Tenerife is part of Macronesia, which is home to the four richest biodiversities on the planet. This is a perfect destination for nature and animal lovers.
Tenerife is protected because it is such a unique island. The Teide National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its volcanoes and rivers of petrified lava. This is one of the most visited areas on the island and the park welcomes more visitors than any touristic landmark in Spain. You can access the volcano by taking a cable car but the very top of the volcano is closed to visitors to prevent erosion and preserve the volcanic heights. The only way to access this area is to obtain a written permission prior to your trip.
The Institute for Renewable Energy (ITER) has done a lot to help preserve the island’s natural resources. One of the goals of this organization is to reduce the impact of touristic activities on the island. The institute was created in 1990 and has worked hard to promote renewable energy and sustainability everywhere in the Canary Islands. ITER built a village where all the villas are self-sufficient and bioclimatic. The village can be found near the coast in Granadilla and is truly a unique experience if you are interested in self-catering housing and sustainability.
There are significant efforts made to accommodate tourists and locals while recycling resources and preserving the environment everywhere on the island. Tenerife is home to several endemic species that are not found anywhere else in the world. These species include the eyeless cockroach that lives inside of lava tubes as well as the bottlenose dolphins that can be seen near the southern shores of the island. There are several conservation projects to protect species that live on the island and near its shores like the pods of pilot whales.
Birdlife is absolutely amazing. You will be able to see rare birds such as the Osprey or the Great Spotted Woodpecker. You can see as many as 200 different species between the birds that live on the island and the ones that stop in the area while they migrate between Europe and Africa.
The Atlantic Whale Foundation (AWF) has done a lot to transform the whale-watching industry in Tenerife. You will be able to get up close with the whales that live off the shores of the island thanks to the many whale-watching tours offered.
The Tenerife Island Government, Ocean Dreams Factory and PADI Project Aware have formed a partnership to create a micro-reserve in the bay of El Puertito. The area used to be heavily populated with sea urchins, which kept other forms of life away from the bay. The bay has been cleared and is now a micro-reserve for many species. You can schedule a ‘flyover’ dive to observe sealife and see the family of green turtles that live in the bay.
Tenerife is an amazing island with a unique ecosystem. These natural resources are what have made the island such a popular touristic spot and need to be preserved. A lot of has already been done to preserve wildlife and nature and more projects are coming to fruition to help protect the island. Responsible tourism is what has allowed millions to visit the island without having a negative impact on these natural resources.
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