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A popular holiday destination among British tourists is likely to impose new restrictions as more visitors are expected to head there this summer.

Authorities in Tenerife are likely to approve the declaration of a water emergency for the island in its upcoming parliamentary session on Friday (March 1).

Special campaigns are being proposed to spread awareness about water conservation among tourists, it has been reported.

The Tenerife Cabildo is set to endorse the declaration of a water emergency for the island.

This move is backed by technical assessments indicating an unprecedented and prolonged drought in central regions, posing a significant risk of water scarcity in the coming months.

The Governing Council will present a motion seeking consensus from the other political parties to collectively address the serious drought situation.

Cabildo President, Rosa Dávila said: “We are facing one of the driest winters in recent history, and ensuring water for both citizens and agriculture is a crucial matter that transcends political affiliations.”

Dávila said she is confident that the initiative will be unanimously approved, stating, “We are making significant decisions to tackle the drought we are experiencing.

“Tenerife residents do not see ideological differences in this, and it would be incomprehensible if political groups did.

Vice President, Lope Afonso, emphasises the importance of a unified approach, stating, “All of us must work together on such an important issue.

“The drought will have severe consequences for Tenerife’s agricultural sector, making it necessary to urgently deploy all available tools to mitigate the effects of the weather conditions as we approach summer.”

Last week, the Government of the Canary Islands convened a meeting in La Gomera with representatives from all councils to discuss the water scarcity.

Plans are in motion to convene a working session with all agricultural associations to apprise them of the technical data assessed by the Tenerife Cabildo and voice concerns, reported Canary Weekly.

Additionally, the proposal suggests that the Tenerife Island Water Council and the Ministry of Tourism should initiate informational campaigns directed at the general public, with a particular emphasis on tourists, visitors, and local residents, emphasising the crucial importance of prudent water usage.

The motion for the declaration of a water emergency is rooted in technical information, underscoring the impacts of elevated temperature anomalies and precipitation deficiencies observed in recent years.

It also includes the conclusions of a Balten report on the current situation, indicating an “extreme and prolonged drought in the central areas of the island of Tenerife”.

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